the year 1680, when the Maharashtra king Venkoji Maharaja Chatrapati (1676 - 1688) of
Tanjore was on a pilgrimage at Samaya- puram, where there is a famous temple dedicated to
Kali, Mariamman appleare-11 to the King in his dream and told him -that she (the idol) was
in a forest of Punna trees at a distance of about 3 miles from Tanjore. The King lost no
time in rushing to the spot indicated to him and recovered the idol from the jungle.
A temple was constructed at the place and the idol
installed and so the deity of this temple is known as Punnainallur Mariamman. It is said
that the daughter of Tulaja Raja (1729-35) of Tanjore, who lost her eyesight in an
illness, regained it on offering worship at this temple.