Hosur Kottai Mariamman
Hosur is a town situated in Tamil Nadu near the Karnataka border.. In the twelfth century this town was ruled by by a king called Tirubhavana malla Poorvadhi Raja Shiva Pada Sekara Perumal. He built a mudfort in the present Ram Nagar area of Hosur. Even before that the tribals of that are were worshipping one ant hill as their Goddess,.At that time a Bosala dynasty called Ramanatha conquered Hosur. At this time the king wanted to build a temple for his worship inside the fort. The family of that king were suffering from several diseases. The tribals brought to his notice their anthill temple . By worshipping that Goddess all the illness in his family vanished. The king made that anthill as his family’s goddess and built a temple for her. He called her as “Kottai Mariamman” (Fort Mariamman) he also repaired the Rama and shiva temples near the temple . After several years of his death Hosur was conquered by Tippu Sulthan..He abducted and employed a British engineer called Hamilton to build a fort for him in the place where the mud fort was there.. He built a rock fort in that place. Hosur was conquered by the British from Tipu Sultan. The collector of Hosur Mr.Pratt took up his residence inside this fort and without the knowledge of British Government he built a fabulous house inside the fort in the model of Kenilworth castle. Mr Pratt was dismissed and Mr Walter Eliot who was appointed as the collector took up his residence in that house along with his wife. Both of them found the worship to the Kottai Mariamman temple very noisy and Mrs Eliot berated the devotees. Soon she was affected by small pox,. MrEliot consulted the locals who advised him to worship the Mariamman inside the fort. She was immediately cured and Eliots became devotees of the temple. They also presented two big pillars inscribed with an elephant to the temple. Outside the Mariamman temple there is a grove of Peepul trees and neem trees. The Statues of Ganesa and serpents have been consecrated there. People also believe that an invisible river flows below the Mariamman temple. Devotees believe that by worshipping the Goddess they would get quickly married. They also believe that barren women would get children by worshipping the Goddess. There is big three day festival in the temple in the month of Chithirai.. All tuedays and Fridays of Adi month and eighteenth day of Adi are festival days in the temple. People say that There are eight security goddesses around this temple to protect Kottai Mariamman. The temple is about a km from the city Bus stand of Hosur. And it would be open between 5 Am to 11 Am and between 6 Pm to 8 Pm.