Janakai Mari Amman Temple

Located on the banks of Vaigai river

Just 16 kms from Madurai

An ancient temple of age 2000 years old

Goddess Mari Amman originated as a Swayambu (naturally)

She guards all 48 villages around this temple


Vaikasi festival – June 2015 - was commenced on the 10th of June with the flag hoisting at the temple premises and would extend till the 26th of June for 17 days The goddess sitting on a Lion is taken in processions carrying fire pots on the 8th day, Milk pots and flower palanquin procession on the 9th day with walking on the pookuzhi-fire pit. The festival is still going on now

Thai Pongal - falling almost on January 14

Tamil New Year day falling mostly on April 14

Purattasi Navarathri in September-October with Arrow festival on Vijayadasami day on the banks of Vaigai River when rain showers occur without fail even now

Deepavali in October-November are the other festivals celebrated in this temple.


The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12 noon. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.


People pray for cure from the attack of small pox, wedding, child, high farm yields, development in trade and profession and good education, cure from physical disabilities and relief from spells and witchcrafts.

Those blessed with a child after tying the cradle with a doll, go around the temple with their child. Farmers offer large quantities of grain and many punch their back and pull the car-rath with a thread tied at the back, walk on fire pit, tonsure and donate hens and cocks and pour pearls – i.e. offering seeds of a plant called Aamanakku. Some arrange feeding-Annadhanam, offer pots with 1000 eyes-holes and idols, light a lamp made of a paste of rice flour mixed in ghee. Some contribute liberally for the renovation of the temple.

Special features

Rain showers without fail on the Vijayadasami Day during the arrow festival celebrated on the banks of River Vaigai.

The goddess cures diseases of any serious nature, believe the devotees. It is believed that this is a medical temple. Those suffering from small pox come to the temple, bathe in the well, pray to Mari Amman wearing the wet cloth and consume the threetha offered in the temple prepared with turmeric and neem leaves (Veppilai) containing medicinal effects and the grace of Mother.

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