Gowmariamman Temple at Manakkal near Lalgudi in Tiruchi – Sapta Matrika Temple

Gowmariamman Temple at Manakkal near Lalgudi in Tiruchi is a Sapta Matrika Temple – dedicated to seven virgin goddesses. The seven virgin goddesses are Brahmi, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Rudrani, Gaumari and Chamundi. The temple is more than 800 years old. The important festivals observed in the temple are the karagam festival after no moon day in Masi month and Navratri.

Legend has it that a Chettiappar was once in the region selling his turmeric. He saw seven beautiful ladies and wanted to sell his turmeric to them. But the women were not interested. Later Gaumari in the disguise of a woman came there and asked for turmeric equal to the weight of a flower petal from her hair. But even after putting the whole of turmeric in his hands it could not measure equal to the flower petal.

Chettiappar soon realized that the women in front of him were no human beings. He then fell on the feet of Gowmariamman who gave him darshan. He then built temple dedicated to Sapta Matrikas at the spot.

The temple has subsidiary shrines dedicated to Madurai Veeran, Chettiappar, Dwarapalakas, Karuppannan and Ayyanar.  There are also huge figures of elephants and horses in the shrine.

People pray in the temple for peace and prosperity in the family. Devotees also make special offering for getting a helping hand in repaying loans.

Temple Darshan Timing
6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM