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Thandhi Mariamman Temple (தந்தி மாரியம்மன் கோவேல்) Coonoor, Udhagamandalam

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Thandhi Mariamman,Coonoor,Udhagamandalam

Moolavar : Thandhi Mariamman
Urchavar : –
Amman / Thayar : –
Thala Virutcham : –
Theertham : –
Agamam / Pooja : –
Old year : 500 years old
Historical Name : –
City : Coonoor
District : Udhagamandalam
State : Tamil Nadu

Festival:

27 day Chithirai festival in April-May, Aadi Fridays in July-August, Navarathri during September-October, Deepavali in October-November, Karthikai in November-December, Thai Pongal falling almost on January 14, New Moon and full moon special pujas are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple’s Speciality:

Mother Goddess Mariamman graces as swayambumurthy. The tree from which the Goddess played the hanging plank – Oonjal, still exists in the place. During the puja to the Goddess, the Karpoora Aaradhana (burning the camphor) is shown to a telegraph post also here.

Opening Time:

The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Address:

Sri Thandhi Mariamman temple, Coonoor, The Nilgiris district.

General Information:

Lord Muruga, Kathayi Amman, Karumariamman, Kamakshi Amman, Vanabadrakali, Vana Durga grace from their shrines in the corridor-prakara.

Prayers:

Devotees pray here for removal of obstacles in marriage efforts, for removal of evil effects or aspects on children, for development in business and excellence in education, prosperity, for unfailing monsoon and for promotion in jobs.

Thanks giving:

To realize their prayers, devotees offer a pudding to Goddess made of flakes, coconut and sugar as nivedhana. They also offer saris. They carry fire pots, milk pots and walk on fire pit and water the telegraph post. They also feed the poor (annadhanam).

Greatness Of Temple:

The place was a thick jungle when the British began to develop this place. It was a small place, hence called Coonoor meaning small place. When the temple was built here, the British people planted a Thandhi kambam – telegraph post. Indicating this as a land mark, the Goddess became to be known as Thandhi Mariamman and this came to stay. Even today, that telegraph post exists. During the puja times in the temple, the camphor Arti is shown to this post also.

It is the staunch belief of the people that whenever water scarcity arises in Coonoor, there will be adequate rains if they pray sincerely to the Goddess.

Temple History:

After developing this place, the British established stables to house the horses and sheds to keep their coaches called Sarat Vandi. Watchmen were also appointed to guard the place. On one night, the watchman saw someone, fair in colour, playing on a hanging plank (oonjal). When he watched closely, he found that it was a little girl wearing silk clothes and glittering jewels.

When the watchman informed it to the people, there were no takers for the story. People wanted to confirm the news, and stayed in the stable and found what the watchman said was true. The Goddess also appeared in the dream of a devotee and told him that She was there as a Swayambu. Then a temple for the Goddess came into being.

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