Name of the Temple

Sri Bannari Mariamman Temple

Period of origin

300 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Mariamman

Sthala Theertham: Thoranapallam forest river

Sthala Virksham: vengai tree.

Sthalapuranam:

Some 300 years ago people grazed their cows in this Dhandanayakkan forest and there was a small stream where tigers and cows in tow used to drink water from. One particular cow strangely behaved. It did not give milk to the cowherd nor did it allow its calf to be fed. The cow used to run away from the herd and the cowherd followed this cow. The cow went near a Vengai tree and stood under the tree. Milk began to flow from its udder automatically. He wondered at such a strange sight and told about it to the other cowherds. Next day they were on the spot to witness the wonder. They found the cow behaving in the same manner. Milk oozed out and fell on the ground. The cowherds removed the thickly grown grass and shrubs, and to their surprise, they found a huge ant-hill and a Swayambu Linga near it. They worshipped Linga. Suddenly a devotee got into a trance and delivered the divine message. According to him, it is said the deity protected the traders from Kerala who passed through the forest with their wares drawn on bullock carts. Thus the deity made these dense forests her home. The deity also commanded the cowherd to build a temple for her in the name of Bannari Mariamman. Thus Bannari became the permanent abode of the goddess.

A golden rath of 9.8 ft in height is designed for Goddess Bannari Amman and from 1st may 2006 onwards the rath is in use for veethi ula. For this golden rath, the temple has given about 7.77 kgs of gold. The wood and copper sheets were provided by peoples around the temple areas. The total cost of this Golden Rath is Rs.53 lakhs. For taking Golden Rath to veethi ula devotees has to pay an amount of 1001 rupees and they can fix the timing for ula as they wish.

The biggest is the 20 day Panguni Kundam festival of walking on the fire pit drawing a crowd of over five lakhs. The temple is crowded on special days as new moon days, Tuesdays and Fridays. Deepavali in October-November, Pongal falling almost on January 14, Tamil and English New Year days are also celebrated in the temple.

Route:

On the main road side where sathyamangalam hill starts this temple situated.  The buses from Coimbatore and Erode to Mysore, Chamarajanagar and Kollegal on NH 209 also pass through Bannari. There are lot of buses from Sathyamangalam (15 km), Bhavanisagar, Thalavadi and Chamarajanagar (60 km) to reach Bannari. On every Sundays, Mondays, Fridays and new moon days (Amavacai) there are special buses to the temple from Sathyamangalam, Erode, Gobichettipalayam and Coimbatore.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04295 243366, 04295 243289.

Temple Address:

Sri Bannari Mariamman Temple,

Sathyamangalam,

Bannari,

Erode district.