Vandiyur Mariamman Temple
|Vandiyur Mariamman Temple|
|Festivals||Teppa Thiruvizha on Thaipusam|
Vandiyur Mariamman Temple (Tamil:வண்டியூர் மாரியம்மன் திருக்கோயில்) is located in east of the temple city Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Mariamman, the Hindu Goddess of rain. it is situated near to river Vaigai at a distance of about 3 km from the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Temple has its huge pond Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. Although Mariammam Shrine is the prime shrine, temple has pechiammam(Tamil:பேச்சியம்மன்) and vinayagar beside the pipal tree. Two dwarapalakis located on the entrance of Mariamman shrine
On Thaipusam, float festival is conducted in Teppakulam(tank) in a colourful way, which attracts thousands of tourists. In the month of mid-March to mid-April (Paṅkuni, twelfth month of Tamil calendar) the grand annual festival is celebrated for continuous ten day.
- The area of the tank, and the island pavilion with a garden in the center, is approximately equal to the area of Meenakshi Temple. It is one of the largest temple tanks in South India and gets water supply from the Vaigai River. There is a Vinayakar temple situated right in the middle of the tank, which is dedicated to Lord Vigneshwara, the Elephant-faced God. Traveller Outlookindia