Mariyamman is one of the famous goddess worshipped mainly in south india. ‘Amman’
in tamil means ‘Mother’, “Mari” means rain. Put together, meaning of ‘Mariamman’
is supposed to be the goddess of rain. This Goddess is worshipped commonly in south
Indian states like Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and some parts of Kerala
too. Mother ‘Mari’ is related to our well known goddess Durga devi. Mariyamman is
usually represents as an attractive lady with red dress. The word ‘mari’ has one
more meaning, that is associated with disease "Pox". People considers Mariyamman
as the goddess of the diseases like pox, small pox and chicken pox. The main remedy
she advises for these diseases is the liquid mixture of neem and turmeric powder.
We can see most of the mariyamman temples in rural areas or villages. there are
non Brahmin poojaries for everyday pooja. In some temples, mariamma has no form
and is only represented by a stone, with a lemon garland.