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Vandiyur Mariamman Temple - Tamilnadu

Vandiyur Mariamman Temple

Vandiyur Mariamman temple is located near to river Vaigai, in the east of Madurai, at a distance of 3 kms from the famous Meenakshi temple. Although Mariammam Shrine is the prime shrine, the temple has also goddess Pechi ammam and Lord Ganesh beside the Peepul tree. It is an ancient temple which is 2000 years old. The moolavar here is Mari Amman and the sacred water is the teppakulam.

Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam

Built in 1646 by Thirumalai Nayak, the center of the tank holds an idol of Lord Ganesh which is installed on a platform.

According to legend, the place was found when the earth was dug to make bricks for constructing Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal. The place was converted into a tank and was dedicated to lord Ganesh then.

  • It is a huge tank in 16 acres, located near by the temple, situated at a distance of about 3 km from the Meenakshi temple. Literally, Teppakulam means temple pond, mainly used for devotional festivals.
  • The tank is connected to Vaigai River through an ingenious system of underground Channels. It has total of 12 long steps made of granite on all four sides. In the center of the tank, there is a Mandapam called Maiya Mandapam (Central Mandapam) with the Ganesh temple and a beautiful garden.


Madurai Teppakulam will glister during full moon night and on this day deities of Meenakshi Amman temple come to this tank in sparkling ferries, people from all over the world come to witness this spectacular sight. King Thirumalai Nayak built the steps in this temple

Festivals - Float festival called "Theppotsavam"

  • Mariamman Teppakulam is famous for the celebrations of the Float festival, which is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). In commemorating the birth of the King Tirumalai Nayak, float festival is celebrated
  • The celebrations take place on a full moon night and the pristine water turns colorful as if the temple is fully lit. The idols of Goddess Meenakshi and her consort Lord Sundareswarar, the deities of the Meenakshi temple, come down to the tank in colorful floats, presenting a mesmerizing sight. Pilgrims across India come to Madurai to participate in the festival.

Special Features

Mariamman Temple in Madurai holds a separate place in the hearts of Madurai people, the goddess’s power has no limits and she is considered to be the watching guard of Madurai. Nothing begins in this land without worshipping Mariamman. People with eye sore, small pox, seeking child boon and marriage, will be relieved from their ill luck. The abhisheka water in this temple has many magical powers and can cure Small pox, chicken pox and eye problems. And also people with skin diseases offer salt and pepper to the Goddess. On Fridays and Tuesdays devotees light lemon lamps along the plank for better life and fortune.

Opening Timings:

The temple is opened from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. continuously.

Near by Places to Visit:

Meenakshi Amman temple, Thiruparankundram Murugan temple, Alagar temple, Gandhi Memorial Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral Church and Palamuthircholai Murugan temple are some of the nearby places.

Travel Mode:

Bus: Busses from Madurai Periyar Bus stand will take you to this temple, or else you can also take taxi.

Train: From Madurai junction this temple is at a 30 mins drive, there are both bus and auto facilities to reach this temple.

Airport: Madurai airport is the nearest one, it is best to hire taxi from the airport to this temple than taking a bus.