Samayapuram Mariamman Temple - Tamilnadu
An ancient temple which is 2000 years old
- Chithirai Car festival on the first Tuesday during April-May
- Poo Choridal on the last Sunday of Masi - (February-March)
- Vaikasi Panchaprakaram festival (May-June)
- 11 days Thaipoosam (January-February) is one of the great festivals celebrated here
- It is particularly more crowded on every Tuesdays and Fridays.
- Goddess Mariamman undertakes a hunger fast on the last Sunday of the Tamil month Masi (February-March) for 28 days for the welfare of all beings in the world. During this period, no solid nivedhanas are offered to the Goddess. Only tender coconut, orange juice, a flour called Thullu Maavu and grape juice are offered as Nivedhana in liquid form. She is showered with flowers during these days. This is known as Poo Choridal
- Those suffering from measles for a long time, come here and stay until they are cured, light Maavilakku (a lamp made of rice flour and Jaggery paste with ghee) and return back with their soul and mind left in the temple. They only physically go back.
- Many devotees, as a prayer commitment, stay here after cure from small pox and serve the temple before leaving.
- Thali the Mangal Sutra offered by women are the majority of the offerings in the Hundi of the temple.
- Tonsuring, (Shaving off heads) Archanas, Abishek are largely followed.
- Ear boring is undertaken here
- Devotees pull the golden chariot, carry fire pots, punch their faces, roll round the temple, offer cradles made of sugarcane, light lamps made of flour and ghee for 15 days during Thaipoosam festival in January-February, offer paddy, donate grains, sheep, cocks as prayer commitments. They also feed the poor.
The temple is opened from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.