Devi Karumariamman Temple is in Thiruverkadu that is a suburb located towards the western side of Chennai. The word Thiruverkadu means the ‘forest of holy herbs and roots’ and it is believed that during ancient times the forest surrounding the place was very famous because of the medicinal plants that grew here. Lots of people would visit the forest to gather exotic and medicinal plants that grew only in the forest of Thiruverkadu.
However, these days the place is famous among tourists because of the Devi Karumariamman Temple.
According to an ancient legend, Devi Karumariamman turned herself into an old nomadic woman. She went to the Sun God to forecast His future. The Sun God did not realize who the old lady was and failed to give her due respect. The Devi became very angry with this negligence and she left. As soon as she left the Sun lost its bright light and it became dark on the earth. Realizing His mistake the Sun God went to the Devi and asked her for forgiveness.
The God also asked Devi to celebrate the seventh day of the week as the Devikumari Day. He also took permission from the Devi to pour sun rays on her twice in a year. Ever since then Sunday is now the Devikumari Day for the devotees of the Goddess and the sun also throws rays on the idol of the Devi situated in the temple twice a year during the months of Panguni and Purattasi.