Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple - Festivals
An 18 day festival is grandly celebrated in the temple in the month of Thai ( January-February ) Also New Moon days, Tuesdays and Fridays are festival days in the temple.
A land measuring 2.85 acres has been gifted to the temple. On this land in a particular place is dug up a fire-pit for the Kundam Festival. Kundam Festival associated with Mariamman temples is the most popular one in Kongunadu. Kundam Festival represents the Annual Brahmorchavam in this shrine. Every year on the New Moon Day of the Tamil Month 'Thai' the temple flag is hoisted. On the 14th day, at midnight, devotees hasten to the graveyard for special worship.
An image of the deity is made out of the clay taken from the graveyard and prayer is offered to it. On the 15th day after fulfilling the formality of what is known as 'Kankan', 'Kumbhasthapanam' takes place. Special worship is performed at 3.00 A.M. On the 16th day comes the Chithira Ther Festival. After the car circumambulated the town, at 10.00 P.M. the holy fire of the 'Kundam' is lighted.
On the 17th day at 9.00 A.M. devotees, in great excitement and frenzy jump into a fire-pit sprawling to a staggering length of 40 feet for fire-walking in fulfillment of their vows. On the 18th day, the flag is lowered. After anointment to the deity, is performed 'Mahamuni Pooja'.
The following days are celebrated as holy ones in the shrine : Vaikasi Visakam, Adi Perukku, Adi Pooram, Tamil New Year Day, Amavasai, Vinayakar Chathurthi, Deepavali, Karthigai Depam, Markazhi Dhanur Pooja, Navarathri Etc.,
The Temple was renovated at a cost of Rs. 60 lakshs and the Kumbhabhishekam celebrated on 9-11-2000 in a grand manner.
The Shrine serves as a welfare Government listening to the grievances of the public, as a clinical dispensary remedying the physical ills of the people and as a court of justice relieving the distress of men and women. Devotees record their aspirations, claims and hopes on a piece of paper and submit it to the temple priest to be placed on the trident of the deity. It is firmly believed that the Goddess responds to their prayers within a period of 90 days.
There is a stone image in the temple representing the Goddess of justice with the body of a serpent, popularly known as 'Neethi Kal' (Stone of Justice). People harassed by enemies, merchants meeting with loss in business or men and women who have lost their belongings take bath, sport holy ashes of the shrine and then grind chillies in the stone grinder of the temple and smear the paste on the so called 'Neethi Kal'. Barren women are blessed with offsprings. The special medicine given by the shrine relieves the gynaecological disorders of women.
Nowhere in Tamilnadu, perhaps even in the whole of country can be found the reclining iimage of Goddess. In the Sanctum-Sanctorum, the sprawling image of Masaniamman lying on her back, measures 17' from head to foot. It is a giant-size stucco work painted in flamboyant colour.
The deity has four hands - two placed on the ground and two raised above. While the two right hands hold a skull and a snake, the two left hands hold a tiny drum and a trident. In front of the Sanctum Sanctorum is a niche, wherein is enshrined Mahamuniappan. The image is also painted in rich colours and fascinating to the eye.
Morning : 6.00 AM
Evening : 8.00 PM