Punnainallur Mariamman, Thanjavur

The Punnainallur Mariamman Temple is a famous Hindu Temple situated at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. Legend has it that, Mariamman appeared in a dream of the then King Venkoji Maharaja Chatrapati, and indicated that her idol form was situated in a forest of Punna trees, about 3 kilometers away from Thanjavur. Upon reaching the place and recovering the idol, a temple was constructed by the King at the very spot and the idol was installed. This is how the deity of the temple came to be known as Punnainallur Mariamman.

Another legend surrounding the Temple is of how the Goddess cures those who worship her of all bodily ailments. The daughter of Tulaja Raja, who was king of   Thanjavur for a period in the early 18th century, was blinded by an illness, and it is believed that upon offering prayers at the temple, she regained vision in her eyes.

  Maratha King Venkoji maharaja chatrapathi is a devotee of Mariamman. He decided to go for a pilgrimage to Tiruchirapalli to visit Samayapuram Mariamman. On his midway of traveling towards Tiruchirapalli, he took rest under a tree shade. Suddenly in his dream Mariamman showed up and told, that she is in a forest of Punnai trees at a distance of about 3 miles from Thanjavur. The King rushed to the spot indicated to him and he saw a white-ant hill (Putru) and started building a temple around it and thus the temple originated.

The Maratha rulers Thulaja, Serfoji also worshiped and renovated the temple in their ruling period. It is said that the daughter of Tulaja Raja (1729-35) of Thanjavur, who lost her eyesight in an illness, regained it on offering worship at this temple The goddess cures her devotees of all physical ailments. A charismatic yet considerate form is seen here. Mud replicas of the different parts of the  

In general all Fridays are special. In particular the Fridays of the Tamil month Aadi will be more special. Sundays are considered to be the most auspicious days for worshipping the Mariamman.


Temple Timings:

6 am t0 12 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm

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