Sri Mariyamman Temple – Samayapuram
The ancient Structure of Sri Mariyamman temple, Samayapuram Village, Kannanurpanchayat, Mannachanallurtaluk, Thiruchirappalli District. This temple situated in the North of Thiruchirappalli City which is closed to the river Northern bank of Kaveri River in the thiruchirappalli. This ancient temple is about 15km north of Thiruchrappalli City and 1km East of East of Thiruchirappalli to Madras Bypass Road.
Tamil Nadu is popular as worshiped in Village God & Goddesses. This temple was belongs to one of the temple of “Sakthipeetas”. The main deity was of wood and stucco was applied over the goddess.
Mythological story connected with this goddess is that the Utshthava idol was worshiped by the rulers of Vijayanagara Nayak dynasty. After the downfall of the kingdom the idol was taken in the ivory chariot; while the chariot was passing the village Samayapuram , the idol fell from the chariot and the goddess was not able to remove from there. Hence, the Vijayanagara king Sokkanatha built a separate temple for the goddess Mariyamman at Kannanur Village. She is also known as “SainthalSamayapuram, SathiththalKannapuram”.
The famous festival celebrated in this temple is in the Tamil Month of ( January-February) Thai when the star Poosam occurs on the full moon day (Poornima). It is called as “Thaippoosam”. During the Tamil month of Maasi (February-March) there is a grand celebration for the Goddess known as “Poochorithal” the various variety of flowers are offered to the deity at that time. Another festival is in the Tami Month of Chittirai the celebration last for ten days and ends with the car festival known as “Therthiruvila”
This ancient temple main shrine might have been built by the Hoysala rulers in 13-14th century AD; the prahara-corridor, mugamandapa might have been constructed by the Vijayanagara and Nayak rulers in between 16-17th Century AD; the other structures are of later period 18-19th Century AD.