Draupati Amman

Draupadi Amman is a goddess from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, namely Draupadi.Draupadi, along with Koothandavar, is primary deity of Vanniyar people. Draupadi was the wife of the five Pandava brothers in the Mahābhārata epic. She is also greatly believed to be the incarnation of Hindu goddess Mariamman.

The Draupati Amman cult (or Draupati sect) is a regional Hindu tradition in which Pillais,Vanniyars, Konar/Yadavas, Mudaliyar community people worship Draupati Amman as a village goddess with unique rituals and mythologies.[1][2]

Pillais, Vanniyars, Mudaliyar, Konar, Gounder community of Tamil Nadu[1][2] and Tigala community vannikula Kshatriya's of Karnataka believe Draupadi Devi as Adi Shakti and Kul Devi of their communities. There are many temples in south Indian villages dedicated to Draupadi Amman observing annual festivals. One of the popular temples of Sri Dharmarayaswamy- Draupadi temple is at Thigarapete, the heart of Bengaluru, Karnataka.[citation needed]

Fire walking or theemithi is a popular ritual enacted at Draupati Amman temples.[3]

There is a number of temples dedicated to Draupati Amman in Tamil Nadu, Singapore and Sri Lanka.