Marathurai village is situated in the road between Kumbhakonam and Manalmedu, two km from Pandanallur.The presiding deity in the village temple is Kathyayni.. This temple was also housed in a hut inside the forest in early days and about 40 years back , it was built with stone.
Kathyayani is supposed to be the daughter of sage Kathyanana . She is also called Kathayi in Tamil nadu, which means , the mother who protects. On the southern side of the wall of the inner temple are Madurai Veeran, Bommi and Vellayammal who all are in the standing pose. Also the mud statues of the seven Munis Vaazhmuni, Chemmuni , Muthu Muni , Jatamuni , Palakkattu muni , Veda Muni and Lada muni On the western side are three Statues of Pachai Amman facing east and on the northern side are SAngili Karuppan , Veeran, Madan and Nagar.On the main entrance in south is Lord Ganapathi and near the mani entrance of north is Bala Murugan.On the southern side path leading to the main temple are three mud Statues of Pachai Amman and Pookurathi and the north is Valli amman carrying a baby in her lap. In the next entrance on the Southern side is is the Ceremonial statue of Kathai Amman and on the northern side is the Pachayamman.
In the sanctum sanctorum is Kathyayani Amman who holds a Parrot and lotus flower in her hand, folds her left leg and hangs down her right leg.. A five hooded serpent is holding Umbrella over her head.
Kathyayani or Kathayi is called by this name because she protects her devotees. Some believe that she is Valli Amman because she protected the fields of her father. The idol of Valli Ammai is seen to hold a baby child on her lap. Pachayamman, the Goddess Parvathi is supposed to do penance at this temple, It seems the Gods of eight directions wanted to stop her penance. Then Val (Vaazh?) muni(Kuzhandai muni ) youngest of the Seven munis (sages) , who were the sons of Nambi Raja and brothers of Valli fought with those eight heads of directions and brought back their eight heads. .He gave one head each to his elder brothers and kept two heads for himself. The idols of these seven Munis are on the southern side of the temple. Each of the elder brothers are seen keeping one head each below their right leg but Val muni is seen keeping one head below his right arm and one head below his right leg. Apart from the Seven Munis, the idols of Madhurai veeran , Kanjamalai easwarar, Bommi, Vellayammal and Katteri karuppan are on the souther side of the temple and Three Pachayamman statues and that of Poonkurathi on the west side and Changili Karuppan , Veeran, Madan and Nagar on the northern side.