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Sri Janakai Mari Amman temple
Moolavar: Janakai Mari (Renuka Devi)
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: -
  Thala Virutcham: Vembu – Neem tree
  Theertham: Mari Teppam
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Sholavandan
  District: Madurai
  State: Tamil Nadu
  17 day Vaikasi big festival in May-June with flag hoisting and procession on Lion Vahan, carrying fire pots on the 8th day, Milk pots and flower palanquin procession on the 9th day with walking on the pookuzhi-fire pit; Thai Pongal falling almost on January 14; Tamil New Year day falling mostly on April 14; Purattasi Navarathri in September-October with Arrow festival on Vijayadasami day on the banks of Vaigai River when rain showers occur without fail even now; Deepavali in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Mother Janakai Mariamman is two feet tall and is a swayambu.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
  Sri Janakai Mari Amman Temple, Solavandan – 625 214. Madurai district  
  +91-4543-258987, 94431 92101 
 General Information:

The temple is situated on the banks of Vaigai River in a green environment.

  People pray in the temple with various wishes in mind, mainly for cure from the attack of small pox.  They also pray for wedding, child, high farm yields, development in trade and profession and good education.  People also pray for good health, cure from physical disabilities and relief from spells and witchcrafts.
Thanks giving:
  As the prayers are varied, prayer commitments also are many and varied. Those blessed with a child after tying the cradle with a doll, go around the temple with their child. Farmer offer large quantities of grain, Many punch their back and pull the car-rath with a thread tied at the back, walk on fire pit, tonsure and donate hens and cocks and pour pearls – i.e. offering seeds of a plant called Aamanakku. Some arrange feeding-Annadhanam, offer pots with 1000 eyes-holes and idols, light a lamp made of a paste of rice flour mixed in ghee. Some contribute liberally for the renovation of the temple. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  Those suffering from small pox come to the temple, bathe in the well, pray to Mari Amman wearing the wet cloth and consume the threetha offered in the temple prepared with turmeric and neem leaves (Veppilai) containing medicinal effects and the grace of Mother.
The temple is situated in a pleasant green environment.  Janakai Mari Amman is the family deity of almost the entire population of the 48 villages surrounding this temple.  Mother cures diseases of any serious nature, believe the devotees.  It is believed that this is a medical temple.  Built on the eastern bank of Vaigai River, the place is also praised as Chaturvedipuram, Anandasakaram and Janakayambathi.  The temple ensures a contended life.
  Temple History:
  The story of the temple is closely associated with Renukadevi, wife of Sage Jamadagni.  She delayed fetching water for the pujas of her sage husband, as she stood wondering the handsomeness of a Gandharva reflected in the river water.  Knowing this through his wisdom eye, the sage suspected her fidelity and asked his son Parasurama to chop off her head.  Son did it and brought the head to his sage father. Pleased with his obedience, the sage asked Parasurama his wish.  The son wanted his mother back alive.  Jamadagni chanted some mantras in the water, asked the son to spill the same after fixing the head in the body.  In his haste, Parasurama fixed his mother’s head with a wrong body and gave it life.  The wrong body became a demon woman with all fury.  Softening the fury of the demon woman, she became the goddess of the village praised as Chandana Mari blessing the devotees in her standing posture.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Two feet tall Janakai Mari Amman is a swayambu. It showers without fail on the Vijayadasami Day during the arrow festival celebrated on the banks of River Vaigai.
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