Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is one of the famous Shakti Temples in Tamil Nadu. It is located at Samayapuram near Tiruchirappalli (Trichy). Navaratri is one the popular festivals celebrated in the temple other than Thai Poosam and Chithirai Ther.
In 2019, Navaratri begins on September 29 with Kalasha Sthapana and ends on October 8 with Vijayadasami (Dasara). Navaratri Golu is also celebrated at the temple in which Goddess Mariamman is seated in Navarathiri Mandapam for Golu.
During Navratri, Goddess Durga is worshipped in nine different forms. During Navratri pooja, first three days are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Goddess of courage, next three days to Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, and the final three days are dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge.
Durga Navratri ends with Vijaya Dashami on the tenth day. Navratri festival signifies power, wealth, prosperity and knowledge.
In ancient time This region was ruled by Chola Kings. Samayapuram is also known by the names Kannanur, Kannanpuram, Vikramapuram and Mahalipuram in ancient times. Flower sprinkling (Poochoridal) festival is conducted during the month of March and Chithirai Car festival is conducted during the month of April. Devotees offer prayer by rolling themselves around the temple prakaram (corridor) known as Angapradatchinam.
Samayapuram Mariamman Temple is one of the renowned Shakthi shrines of Tamilnadu. In recent times, the temple has gained a vast popularity. Devotees throng here from various parts of the country. The saying goes, “Samayapurthal will protect her devotees in times of need” (Samayapuram Mariamman Samayathil Kaappal – in Tamil). It is the faith of the people that Mariamman will protect them though they are far away from her in other places of the world.
This is one of the largest temples of the state earning high revenues for the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment with huge inflow of devotees. Thali the Mangal Sutra offered by women are the majority of the offerings in the Hundi of the temple. Diseases are cured without surgery in many cases. Many devotees visit this temple from Karnataka, as Mariamman resembles the Chamundeeswari of Mysore. There is also a story that Emperor Dasaratha visited Samayapuram to worship Mariamman.