Goddess Mãri is known as Mariamman, 'Mother Mari', spelt also Maariamma, Marieamman, Mariaman or simply Amman, meaning 'mother'. She is the main South Indian mother goddess, predominant in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Goddess M?ri is also closely associated with the Hindu goddesses Parvati and Durga. See Wikipedia.