The beautiful temple tour to Kanyakumari facilitated by Tamil Nadu tourism takes you to the Kanyakumari temple in South India. Take a temple tour package to Kanyakumari displaying the cultural heritage of India. Kanyakumari Temples is named after the virgin Goddess Kanyakumari, who is being worshipped here. Kanyakumari Temples travel guide tells about the many fold mysteries of great Hindu mythology in India.

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Kanyakumari Temple

  • Location- Kanyakumari

  • Known as –Kumari Amman Temple

  • Architecture- Dravidian style of Architecture

  • Dedicated- Goddess Bhagwati Amman

  • Best time to visit- Throughout the year

  • Principal Feats celebrated- Vaishaka Festivals, Arata Festival, Kalabham Festival, Vijay Dasami

  • Timings- 04.30 am to 11.45 am and 05.30 pm to 08.45 pm

The Kanyakumari Temple or the Kumari Amman is one of the most sacrosanct and at the same time most visited place of worship in southern India. This place of worship is not only marveled for its stunning architecture but also for the religious fervor that serenades and insulates the environment. More than religious beliefs and stories associated with the temple rooted in the mythology it is a truly divine and spiritual experience that is the motivating factor for regular pilgrims and various other who flock to this sanctum of worship and meditation.

Kanyakumari Temple history-

Strong rooted beliefs are associated with that of the temple of Kumari Amman. Kanyakumari Temple history dates back to the mythological and also thereof to the present times. It is belived that an evil demon Banasura (Baanasuran) had wrecked havoc causing inconvenience to the lives of inhabitants. To vanquish the dreaded Lord Vishnu asked the Gods to create a force of Parashakti that could defeat this beastly demon. Answering the prayers of the Lord a young maiden by the name of Shakti appeared and commenced a penance in order to win the hand of Lord Shiva in marriage. Narada (Naradan) fixed the date of the wedding to midnight. When Lord Shiva’s wedding procession reached Vazhukupamparai, a cook crew the herald of day break and the Lord return to Suchidaram. The wedding was cancelled all the food for the festivities were wasted. The fragments of which can be seen even today the southern rocks. Shakti decided to spend the rest of her life in Kanyakumari. The demon then asked the virgin for her hand in marriage for which she slain the demon.

The later additions to the temple include the Vivekananda Rock cut memorial built in 1970 built at the exact same place that Swami Vivekananda spent time in prayerful meditation. The Gandhi Memorial is also a prominent feature of the temple. The other deities worshipped in the temple include Lord Ayappa, Lord Vishnu and Lord Muruga.

The Kanyakumari deity’s idol is famous for the nose rings. It is believed that many naval ships in the medival times sunk because of the bright halo of the nose ring.

Kanyakumari Temple architecture-

The Kanyakumari Temple architecture is a marvel in itself. Built in Dravidian style of temple architecture this temple is known for intricate carvings that adorn both the stone temple walls and the black stone temple pillars. The temple has a small cupola that is surrounding by couple of smaller couple. The main entrance of the temple faces east. This door is opened only five times during the Hindu calender year. The main entry point of the temple is the northern gate. There are other shrines dedicated to Vijaysundari and Balasundari the playmates of the Goddess. There are 11 theertheams associated with this temple. The confluence of the seas and the southern tip of the subcontinent is still revered has been revered for centuries. The sanctum sanctorum is distinguished by the three separate corridors and the main Navaratri Mandapam. There is also a huge Kodistambham or flagpost that is a feature of this temple. The Blackstone image of Kumari Amman adorn with an enchanting garland is the highlight of the Amman koil. Especially it is belived that the noses ring that could be visible from furlongs away, so much so that many ships crashed to the shore. This idol is said to be installed by Parmasura and is made of blue stone. The shrines of Vinayagar and Thaigasundary are also housed within the temple.

Kanyakumari Temple festivals –

The temple celebrates the following festivals Vaishaka Festivals, Arata Festival, Kalabham Festival and Vijay Dasami.

Vaishaka festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Vaishaka. During this festival the diety of Goddess is taken in solemn procession. The Arata Festival is also celebrated as the festival of floats. On this day the eastern door of the temple is opened. The Kalabham festival is celebrated on the 13th of the Tamil month of Aadhi. On this occasion the sandal paste is applied on the idol of the diety. The image of Amman is also covered with flowers and is solemnly worshipped. The image of the diety is also worshipped during Navaratri. On Vijaydashami the destruction of demon Banasura by the devi is enacted.

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