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Sri Gowmari (Sapthamathar) temple

Moolavar : Gowmari matrum Sapthamathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : NA
Thala Virutcham : Naruvali Tree
Theertham : NA
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 500-1000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Manakkal
District : Thiruchirapalli
State : Tamil Nadu




   Karagam festival following the Masi new moon day (Amavasya) is very famous in this temple. This is an art of dancing faast and round by men and women holding a pot on their head with such balance without holding them by hand. Thousands participate in the festival. Laksharchana (chanting the names of Shakti 0ne lakh times) is dedicated to Mother during the 10 days of Navarathri. The Thayir Pavadai festival on the 10th day is very famous.

Temple's Speciality:

   Though Saptha Madha temples are generally facing north, this is facing east.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Gaumari (Sapthamadha) temple, Manakkal, Tiruchi district.



General Information:

   The prakara of the temple is home to shrines of Madurai Veeran, Chettiappar, Dwara Palakis, Karuppannan and Ayyanar.? Elephant and Horse Vahans are also in the prakara.


   Women pray to Saptha Madhas for the longevity of their Mangal Sutras.? Devotees pray to Karuppanasami for recovery of loans advanced and for happy wedding.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Mother Goumari and offer vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Madurai Veeran shrine is on the left of the main shrine.? Chettiappar statue is in the right side of Maha Mandap.? On the entrance of the Maha Mandap are Dwarapalakis (security deities) on both sides.? Saptha Madhas grace from the sanctum sanctorum.? Women pray to them for longevity of Mangal Sutra boon protecting them widowhood.?
Horses and elephants are carved on the pillars. Ayyanar is on the elephant while Karuppanasami is on the horse. Devotees use to offer garlands to this horse vahan also to recover loans advanced by them to others. The faith is too deep. Devotees use to circumambulate the tall and broad Naruvali tree in the prakara for child boon. The deities of the temple are the Kula Devatha of thousands of families in the area. The temple is about 800 years old.
Laksharchana is performed on all the 10 days of Navrathri. The Thayir Pavadai ? a skirt of curd ? is very famous. The floor of Artha Mandapa would be covered with curd rice. After offering the same as Nivedhana to Goumar, it is distributed as Prasad to devotees.

Temple History:

   Chettiappar was a tantric from Kerala who never used his powers against any one. Trading, especially in turmeric was his main profession. He once came to Manakkal. He saw the Saptha Madhas bathing in a tank before him. They were Brahmmi, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Rudrani, Gaumari and Chamundi. He offered them his turmeric stock which they did not need. Chettiappar was not sad that he could not sell his stock but was sad that it was not needed by such divine angels. He wanted to sell his turmeric even by threatening them. He began to take the ornaments they have left on the steps of the tank. Goumari noticed it and called him.
She offered to buy his turmeric. The trader asked for how much value, one coin or two coins. Goumari picked up a flower from Her hair and asked him to give an equal weight. His turmeric could not stand before the weight of the flower. He placed all his stock ? many bags ? the flower side did not raise at all. He realized that the seven virgins were not simply ordinary humans but divines. He fell at their feet and sought their pardon. He built a temple there for the Saptha Madhas.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based:?While Saptha Madha temples are traditionally facing north, this temple is facing east.?

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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