Ooty Mariamman temple :

God and Godess :

Mariamman, Kali and Katteri

Location :

Ooty Mariamman temple
Udhagamandalam/Ooty (City),
Nilagiri / Neelagiri district – 643001,

Timings :

Morning 6:00AM – Evening 8:00PM

Temple History :

Mariamman temple is located at Ooty of Tamilnadu state.Goddess Durga is the presiding deity in this temple as Mariamman.This temple is the most famous and powerful temple in Ooty.Mother Durga represents three powers (shakti or energy) called Itcha Sakti, Gnana Sakti, and Kriya Sakti. Thre are three deities in the temple representing each of these powers in the form of Mari, Kali and Kateri and this is a rare type of a single temple. Kali, though described furious, is very calm and smiling in the temple.A thread called Mudikayiru prepared with Mantras in the Kateri Amman shrine is believed to protect the devotee from evil looks, illness, magic spells, witchcraft effects etc. This is mostly used to protect children. Women wear it for child boon. The thread is also used to protect cattle. Ooty Mariamman temple Ooty Mariamman templeAn incident is narrated related with the formation of this temple.

According to it, every Tuesday merchants from Coimbatore came to this region to trade with the local tribals. On one of this day, two sisters traveling from north reached the market. They had divine look and manner. Ooty Mariamman temple Ooty Mariamman templeWhen they asked for a place to stay, they were told to stay under a nearby tree. They did not know that the sisters were Goddesses. A lightning or flash of light appeared near the tree and the sisters disappeared.Then the people understood that the sisters were divine forms and built a temple for Goddess Kaliamman and Mariamman together. It is the Mariamman temple seen today. It is the only place where both goddesses are seen together. Even today people gather at the market on Tuesday and worship Goddess Mariamman on their way returning from market. Ooty Mariamman temple Ooty Mariamman temple Ooty Mariamman temple.

Two sisters, so beautiful in appearance came here from the north and asked the traders assembled there a space for their stay. Seeing the sisters, the traders felt some influence in them and asked the sisters to stay near the tree there. A lightning linking earth and heaven appeared and the sisters disappeared. The traders realized that they were but Goddesses built the temple and began worships. The temple came to be known as Sandhaikadai (shandy), Mariamman Temple.

Festivals :

  • Car festival
  • (The 28 day car festival during the whole of February month is the longest and biggest festival of the temple. Mother Aadhi Parasakti comes in procession in different forms as Durga, Kamakshi, Parvathi, Meenkshi, Rajarajeswari, Heddhai Amman and Bhagavathi.)
  • The temple would be full of devotees on new moon days, Fridays in the month of Aadi (July-August), Navarathri days in Purattasi (September-October) and other days of religious importance.

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Kala Sandhi pooja – 7am
  • Uchikaalam pooja – 12.00pm
  • Saayaratchai – 6.00pm
  • Raakaala pooja – 8.00pm
  • Maha abishekam – Rs 50.00
  • Vehicle pooja – Rs 20

Nearest Temples Around Ooty Mariamman temple :

  • Gundlupet Vijayanarayana swamy temple – Chamarajanagar district – 68.00 km
  • Avinashi Lingeswarar temple – Tiruppur district – 90.00 km
  • Coimbatore Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple – Coimbator district – 90.00 km
  • Perur Patteeswarar temple – Coimbator district – 95.00 km
  • Thirumuruganpoondi Thirumuruganatha Swamy temple – Tiruppur district – 95.00 km
  • Uttukuli Vetri velayutha swamy temple – Erode district – 116.00 km
  • Pulpalli Seetadevi temple – Wayanad district – 120.00 km
  • Pariyur Kondathu KaliAmman temple – Erode district – 122.00 km
  • Kangayam KariyaKali Amman temple – Tiruppur district – 139.00 km
  • BRhills Biligiri Ranganatha swamy temple – Kodagu district – 145.00 km
  • Erode Sakti Vinayagar temple – Erode district – 148.00 km
  • Pollachi Subramanya temple – Coimbator district – 148.00 km
  • Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple – Wayanad district – 154.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Ooty – 1.00 km
  • Gudalur – 51.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Ooty – 1.00 km
  • Lovedale – 5.00 km
  • Ketti – 7.00 km
  • Aravankadu – 13.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore International Airport, Coimbatore – 88.00 km
  • Calicut International Airport, Kozhikode – 144.00 km
  • Kannur International Airport, Kannur – 196.00 km
  • Cochin International Airport, Cochin – 266.00 km
  • Tiruchirapally International Airport, Trichy – 285.00 km
  • Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore – 314.00 km

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