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Flower Showering Festival or Poochoriyal at Samayapuram Temple

Poochoriyal means sprinkling or showering of flowers and is an important festival at the Samayapuram Mariamman Temple. The festival takes place on the last Sunday of the Tamil Month Maasi. During Poochoriyal lot of beautiful flowers of various kinds are showered on the main deity of Goddess Mariamman worshipped in the temple.

The festival is unique and highly auspicious as no other abhishekam is performed on the main deity in the temple as it is made of sand clay.

More than 100,000 devotees visit the temple during the period to have a darshan of the deity taking a shower of flowers.

The festival is spread over four Sundays during the month of Maasi and Panguni. The festival begins on the last Sunday in Maasi month. This is the Sunday starting from the first week of March.

During the festival, Mother Goddess Mariamman undertakes a fast for 28 days for the wellbeing of her devotees. During these 28 days cooked food will not be offered as naivediyam, to the deity.

During the 28 days rice flour, tender coconut, sugar candy, jaggery, water, butter milk are offered as naivediyam and then it is distributed as Prasadam to devotees.