March 13, 2017

Anbil Mari Amman Temple

Site Name: Mari Amman Temple
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:  Anbil, 8 kms from Lalgudi, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: One of the most important Mari Amman temple
Nearest Railway Station: Lalgudi
Nearest Airport: Trichy
How to reach: Well connected by road from Lalgudi and Trichy; public transport is not dependable
Hotel: No good hotels nearby; better to stay in Trichy or Lalgudi
Restaurants: No good restaurants nearby; it is better to go to Lalgudi

Anbil is a village near Lalgudi town in Tamil Nadu state of India. It is located at a distance of around 8 kms from Lalgudi. In this village, there are two ancient and important temples located. The first one is a Devara Sthalam called as Alanthurai Temple.  The other temple is a Divya Desam, Sundara Raja Perumal Temple. However, the temple that attracts the large number of devotees is Mari Amman Temple. Let us explore this temple in this article.

Anbil Mari Amman Temple is one of the three important temples of Anbil village. It is the most popular temple in terms of number of devotees visiting the site. In the entire India, there are seven temples of Mari Amman which are considered as the most important. This temple is one among them. The other most important Mari Amman Temples are located in Samayapuram, Narthana Malai, Veera Singa Pettai, Kannanur, Punnai Nallur and Tiruverkadu. 

It is not known who built this temple and when it was built. However, as per the local people's belief, the temple was built by a King called Muthalagan around 700 years ago. Before that, the idol was there under a neem tree without the temple structure. Although, the current structure of the temple may lead us to assume that the temple might be at least 300-400 years old, there is no historical record about the date of this temple.

The east facing sanctum enshrines the five feet tall red colored stucco idol of Maha Mari Amman. She is found in the seated posture. She has eight arms. (There is a possibility that Ashta Bhuja Durga might have been named as Mari Amman in this temple). The stone walls of the sanctum and the beautiful vimana make us to believe that the temple must be few hundred years old. A Shiv Linga idol is also found in the sanctum.

Near the sanctum, there are 6-7 tiny sub-shrines enshrining male Grama Devtas (village deities) are found. There is a statue of horse along with a man in uniform located facing the sanctum.

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