Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Temple For Curing Eye Ailments - Mariamman Temple - Irukkankudi - Virudhunagar

Mariamman Temple is located in Irukkankudi, Virudhunagar District. Mariamman is the Moolavar in the temple. Traditionally, Mother Mariamman appears in a sitting posture with left leg folded and the right hanging. It is vice-versa here. The belief among the devotees here that Aadi means Amman and Amman means Aadi and therefore Aadi Friday and Amman Friday make no difference to them. The darshan of Amman is always pleasant to their mind and soul. And if She is 1000 eyed Amman, the joy is boundless.

Irukkankudi Mariamman Temple Entrance Arch
Irukkankudi Mariamman Temple Entrance Arch
Mother Mariamman is between two rivers, Arjuna and Vaiparu praised equal to Holy Ganga. Hence, Amman is praised as Irukkankudi – between rivers – Mari Amman. The devotee thus gets the benefit of bathing in two Gangas. Arjuna springs from the Mahalinga Hills in Vatrairuppu. During their forest life, Pandavas were in this region, they came to the foot of this hill for a bath. But there was no water anywhere. Arjuna prayed to Mother Ganga and pierced the earth with his arrow from where sprang the Arjuna river. Pandavas had a pleasant bath.

Irukangudi Mariamman Temple
Irukangudi Mariamman Temple
This temple is located between the two rivers Vaipparu and Arjuna. As two Ganges meet here it got its name Irukkangudi. River Arjuna flowing in the Northern part of this temple originates at Mahalinga hills known as Vathira Iruppu hills in the west. According to “Thiruthankal Temple Lore” once upon a time when Pancha Pandavas came here, Arjuna prayed to Goddess Ganga and split the earth with 'Varunakanai'(arrow) forming a river. The river formed as a result came to be known as Arjuna river. River Vaipparu flows in the Southern part of this temple. According to Uthira Kandam of Epic Ramayana. A hunter named Sambukan indulged in deep penance amidst fire in the Northern part of Sivasailam at the foot of Podhigai hills. As a result a Brahman died at Ayodhi. Sri Raman, king of Ayodya killed Sambukan and brought back the Brahman to life.

Irukkankudi Mariamman Temple Vimanam
Irukkankudi Mariamman Temple Vimanam
Lord Rama had commited sin by killing a person doing penance. He got relieved from the curse by worshipping Lord Siva in Siva malai hills. After this Lord Rama along with his retinue reached western Ghats region situated between Vasudeva Nallur and Puliangudi. After searching vainly for water, Lord Rama was told about the pot containig sacred rivers buried by Sage Agasthiyar. Lord Rama broke the pot with his arrow and formed a river. As it was formed form Vaippu(Treasure) it came to be known as Vaipparu. It flows through Karivalam Vantha Nallur, Sathur and Kollappati and reaches Irrukkangudi where it mixes with Arjuna river and drains into sea via Muthalapuram and Viathikulam. River Vaipparu formed by Rama and river Arjuna formed by Arjuna are the Holy water points of this temple.

Cooking Hall In Front Of Mariamman Temple
Cooking Hall In Front Of Mariamman Temple
This happened 300 years ago between Arjuna and Vaiparu rivers. A priest – Poosari – woman filled her basket with the cow dung she gathered and was prepared to go home with the basket but could not lift it alone. She asked others to help her. They too could not lift the basket. She herself was influenced by the power of Goddess and exclaimed that Amman was under the ground where the basket was placed and ordered them to take Her out and build a temple. The villagers found the idol of Mother Amman, built the temple and are doing the pujas. Since then, She is the deity for the villagers taking care of their welfare.

Goddess Mariamman
Goddess Mariamman
The sanctum sanctorum is under a beautiful vimana. The Artha Mandap and Maha Mandap are close to the sanctum. Sri Nandeeswara and flag post-Kodimaram are in a line. Lord Vinayaka is under the Arasa Maram. On the west are Vazha Vandha Amman and Rakachi Amman. Pechi Amman and Muppidari Amman are in separate shrines on the northwest. Kathavarayan and Vairavamurthi are in the east. Karuppusami is in southeast corner. Devotees worship all these deities and Mariamman in order. Those suffering from impaired vision, stomach pain and other troubles, small pox, pain in hands and legs pray to Mari Amman for relief. Realizing their wishes, devotees perform abishek and aaradhanas to Amman.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Arulmigu Mariamman Temple is located at Irukkangudi about 8 km East of Sathur on Thiruchendur Highway via Vilathikulam from Trichy, Madurai and Virudhunagar. Bus Service is available from Sathur. Nearest Airport is at Madurai, from here there is bus service via Virudhunagar to reach this temple.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Arulmigu Marriamman Temple,
Irukangudi, Sathur,
Viruthunagar District,
Pin Code : 626 202.
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04562 259614 ; 04562 259864 ; 94424 24084

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