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Mari

Mari, or Miriam Mari, Mariyamma and Marikamba, all denote a grama devata (village goddess) who is very popular in most of the villages of South India. While most of the people believe that she is the goddess Kali (created by goddess Parvathy to kill Raktha Bheeja) or the form of Renuka Devi who was the mother of Parasurama, some people believe that she is Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas and yet others believe that she is Vasugi, the wife of Thiruvalluvar. Mostly her form in the temple is ferocious. She is considered as a goddess who would punish, if not propitiated properly. Oh Goddess of Kannanoor, you will take gems all over the country, You entered there by taking gems, Oh honest one, oh gem Mari, Let your basket made of reeds be made of gold for you, Let your basket made of pandanus be made of gold, You came with basket full of gems and entered here, oh beauty, If I call you in the sounds of temple, are you not able to hear it, If I call you in the sounds of palace, are you not able to hear it, Oh mother were you not able to hear me in the sounds of the mansion, Is the sound made by your children or is it by your nephews, Is it the sound made by our sons or is it by your grand sons, Is it the fame of your worship or is it the sound of rituals, Please remove all the sounds and Oh mother come over here, http://www.celextel.org/stotrasdevi/mariammanthalattu.html
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