August 25, 2009

Snake worship - Thiruverkadu Karumariamman Temple, Chennai

Site Name: Karumari Amman Temple
Site Type: Ancient Hindu Temple
Location:  Thiruverkadu, Near Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
A very important temple in and around Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India

Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road 
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

Karumariamman temple a.k.a Mariamman temple, which is located in a small village named Thiruverkadu at a distance of 18 kms from Chennai, is one of the most important temples located around Chennai.

Goddess worship in various forms is very popular in the state of Tamil Nadu. Parasuram was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Parasuram's mother was Renuka Devi. She is worshipped in the names of Mariamman, Karumariamman, and Renuka Parameswari in Tamil Nadu. Most of the people do not know the legend of this goddess and they worship her as Parvati (Goddess Shakti - wife of Lord Shiva).


Once, Karumari took the form of an ordinary woman and went to Surya (the Sun God) and was trying to tell his fortune. However, he neglected her and as a result, he started losing his brightness. Later, he sought her pardon and got back his brightness. As per his request, she made Sunday as the auspicious day for her and made the rays of Sun fall on her idol for two days in a year.

Temple Layout:

Thiruverkadu villages is very ancient and there are references about the place in some old texts. There is no doubt about that. However, I personally feel that Karumariamman temple might not be ancient. This might be around 100 years old, even though there are people who claim this temple to have a lot of legends and old stories.

The main deity of the temple is Karumariamman. There are also shrines for Ganesh, Verkanni Amman, Subramanya with Valli-Devasena, Srinivas, Ram with Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman, and Sapta Matas (seven divine mothers). The highlight of the temple is the holy snake hole, which is being worshiped. This temple is popular for snake worship, as devotees believe that Karumariamman took the form of snake. There are also some idols found under the neem tree in this temple.

You can reach Thiruverkadu easily from any part of Chennai either by public transport or by taxi/car. As it is located very near to Mangadu, you can plan and visit all the following temples on the same day:

1) Kamakshi Amman Temple, Mangadu
2) Velleeswarar Temple, Mangadu
3) Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Mangadu
4) Karumariamman Temple, Thiruverkadu

Happy travelling.

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  1. Yes. you are correct. Thiruverkadu temple is not ancient temple. It is nearly 175 years old only. if you have any stories or any reference. can you share with me. this is my email: Thanks

  2. Yes. You are correct. Thiruverkadu karumariamman temple is not an ancient temple. It is nearly 175 years old only. If you have any reference or know any stories, can you share with me. Email id: Thanks