Sri Sandhaikadai Mariamman ,Udhagamandalam,Udhagamandalam
Moolavar : Maha Mariamman, Maha Kaliamman
Urchavar : –
Amman / Thayar : –
Thala Virutcham : –
Theertham : Amirtha Pushkarani
Agamam / Pooja : –
Old year : 500 years old
Historical Name : –
City : Udhagamandalam
District : Udhagamandalam
State : Tamil Nadu
The 28 day car festival during the whole of February month is the longest and biggest festival of the temple. Mother Aadhi Parasakti comes in procession in different forms as Durga, Kamakshi, Parvathi, Meenkshi, Rajarajeswari, Heddhai Amman and Bhagavathi. Crowd would be in lakhs. During the car procession, devotees throw salt on the deity in the hope that all their hardships would go off as salt disappears in water. The temple would be full of devotees on new moon days, Fridays in the month of Aadi (July-August), Navarathri days in Purattasi (September-October) and other days of religious importance.
There are two Ambicas in the sanctum sanctorum – Mari and Kali. Navagrahas the nine planets grace in the temple with their consorts.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Sri Sandhaikadai Mariamman Temple, Udhagamandalam, Nilgiris.
Those infected by small-pox and other illness, handicapped, impaired vision pray to Mother Mariamma. The also seek boons of marriage and child.
Realizing their wishes, devotees offer a chicken and black sari to the Goddess. They also offer toy cars, throw salt, cradles, light lamps and feed the poor besides usual abishek and pujas.
Greatness Of Temple:
Mother Durga represents three powers (shakti or energy) called Itcha Sakti, Gnana Sakti and Kriya Sakti. Thre are three deities in the temple representing each of these powers in the form of Mari, Kali and Katteri and this is a rare type in a single temple. Kali, though described furious, is very calm and smiling in the temple.
A thread called Mudikayiru prepared with Mantras in the Katteri Amman shrine is believed to protect the devotee from evil looks, illness, magic spells, witchcraft effects etc. This is mostly used to protect children. Women wear it for child boon. The thread is also used to protect cattle.
Two sisters, so beautiful in appearance came here from north and asked the traders assembled there a space for their stay. Seeing the sisters, the traders felt some influence in them and asked the sisters to stay near the tree there. A lightning linking earth and heaven appeared and the sisters disappeared. The traders realized that they were but Goddesses, built the temple and began worships. The temple came to be known as Sandhaikadai (shandy) Mariamman Temple.
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