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Punnainallur Mariamman, Thanjavur

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The Punnainallur Mariamman Temple is a famous Hindu Temple situated at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. Legend has it that, Mariamman appeared in a dream of the then King Venkoji Maharaja Chatrapati, and indicated that her idol form was situated in a forest of Punna trees, about 3 kilometers away from Thanjavur. Upon reaching the place and recovering the idol, a temple was constructed by the King at the very spot and the idol was installed. This is how the deity of the temple came to be known as Punnainallur Mariamman.

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Another legend surrounding the Temple is of how the Goddess cures those who worship her of all bodily ailments. The daughter of Tulaja Raja, who was king of Thanjavur for a period in the early 18th century, was blinded by an illness, and it is believed that upon offering prayers at the temple, she regained vision in her eyes.

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