Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mari Amman Temple, Ozhugai Mangalam, Nagapattinam

Mari Amman Temple, Ozhugai Mangalam, Nagapattinam
Mari Amman Temple is located at Ozhugai Mangalam Village in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Ozhugai Mangalam is 4 km from Thirukkadaiyur and 12 km from Karaikal. 

Legends
Mother Mari Amman is a swayambumurthy found from a place where a cow was pouring milk, 1500 years ago. The place is also known as Ozhugai Mangalam – Ozhugai means milk pouring in this context.
The Temple
Mother Mari Amman is a swayambumurthy. Mother Seethala Parameswari, Kathavarayan, Pechi Amman and Karuppan grace the devotees from their respective shrines. The temple has shrines for Mother Seethala Parameswari, Kathavarayan, Pechi Amman and Karuppan.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Festivals
The temple celebrates Chithirai Tamil New Year Day falling almost on April 14; Panguni Great Festival in March-April; Navarathri in September - October and Thai first day-Pongal in Tamilnadu - falling almost on January 14. Theerthavari in Mahimalai River is celebrated on the Aadi Perukku – 18th day of Aadi in July-August. 
Prayers
People use to dissolve pepper, sugar and salt in the temple tank so that some boils in the body and worries in mind also would be dissolved and pure health restored. People tie yellow thread in the Neem tree of the temple for wedding boon and tie cradles for child boon. People pray here for harmony among couples, re-union of families after separation, for family prosperity and welfare of future generations. Devotees offer sari to Mother Amman, Pongal – pudding nivedhana and perform abishek in Aadi month – July-August and light lamps in the shrine.
Connectivity
Ozhugai Mangalam is 4 km from Thirukkadaiyur and 12 km from Karaikal. Nearest Railway Station is located at Nagapattinam and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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