Kanyakumari Temples

Kanyakumari Temples are famous the world over because of the beauty of their architecture. The south Indian people are known for their religious devotion and most of them being followers of Hinduism, the entire state of Tamilnadu including Kanyakumari is doted with temples. It is not only the sculpture that is interesting but also the legend associated with the temples. Some of the temples are hundreds of years old, built by important kings of South India. Some of the most important temples of Kanyakumari include the Kumari Amman Temple, the Gandhi Memorial, built in the semblance of a temple and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. The Suchindram temple, which is a place for worshiping Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, lies 11 kilometers away from Kanyakumari. Besides that, there are numerous other temples in Kanyakumari. The other Gods worshiped by the locals of Kanyakumari are Lords Murgan, Ayappan, and Krishna.

Kumari Amman Temple

The Kumari Amman Temple is the most important among the various Kanyakumari temples. The temples are built in dedication of Goddess Kumari Amman, differently known as Devi Kumari and Kanya Devi, which mean virgin Goddess. The Kanyakumari deity idol is famous for its nose ring. Formerly many ships had sinked on the shore of Kanyakumari due to the exceptionally bright glare caused by the nose rings. It is for this reason that the adjacent temple door is kept closed during most part of the year. The legend of the temple goes that Devi Parvati prayed hard and practiced penance to get Lord Shiva's hand in marriage. However she was destined to kill Banasura, a demon but she could do it only till she retains her virginity. It was hence that the other Gods terminated the marriage so that earth could be saved from the nuance caused by the demon.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011

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