Blissful Temples in Kanyakumari for a Sacred Getaway


Temples in Kanyakumari

Since ancient times, Kanyakumari has been one of the major centres of religion, art and culture. Famous for being the only place in India where you can observe the sunrise and sunset at the same beach, Kanyakumari is a very popular tourist destination, not just because of this unique geographical phenomenon, but also because the entire Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu is considered as a land of religious history and importance.

Here is the list of 13 Blissful Temples in Kanyakumari for a Sacred Getaway

1. Thanumalayan Temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, Kanyakumari

Thanumalayan Temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil, Kanyakumari
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Situated in Suchindram, Thanumalay temple is also known as Sthanumalayan Kovil is the sacred shrine dedicated to Trimuthis (Bramha, Vishnu and Shiva). The beautiful temple was renovated in the 17th century, and its inscriptions date back to the 9th century. This beautiful temple represents great architectural magnificence. One of the major highlights of this temple is the four musical pillars carved out of a single stone placed in the alankara mandapam area.

2. Kumari Amman Temple, Kanyakumari

Kumari Amman Temple, Kanyakumari
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If you are going to visit India and especially the city of Kanyakumari then one place that you should definitely go and see is Kumari Amman Temple. You can find the many cultural heritages of the Indian people in Kumari Amman Temple. Many India people come to pilgrimage and to bathe in the Kumari Amman Temple.This magnificent temple is situated in the coast surmounting the beach and thousands of vacationers comes here creating very big queues.

3. Lord Subramanya Temple, Kanyakumari

Lord Subramanya Temple, Kanyakumari
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Lord Subramanya Temple is one of the most interesting temples to visit when in India. The never ending pillars and countless towers give it a magnificent look. Lord Subramanya Temple is one of the many places in India, where you could get a taste of the wonderful things that await for you there.Many festivals are celebrated at Lord Subramanya Temple and especially during certain religious holidays, it is very hard to get in there. It is very easy to travel to the Temple either by bus or by train.

4. Chitharal Jain Monuments, Kanyakumari

Chitharal Jain Monuments, Kanyakumari
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These monuments and temples are an effigy to the diversity of the culture and the religions existing in harmony in India. Sitharal Jain Monuments are one of these culturally rich monuments. Almost every day, you can see people who are traveling to Sitharal Jain Monuments to honor their gods and values. This monument draws the attention of a large number of visitors with its spectacular mesmerizing divine and spiritual values.

5. Adikesava Perumal Temple, Kanyakumari

Adikesava Perumal Temple, Kanyakumari

The Adikesavaperumal Temple is situated in Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. One of the 108 divya desams devoted to Vishnu, this temple is also referred to as the Srirangam of Chera Kingdom. Surrounded by rivers Kothai, Pahrali and Thamirabarani on three sides, Vishnu rests in this temple in a reclining position on this sacred land.

6. Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple, Kanyakumari

Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple, Kanyakumari

Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Temple, previously Mondaicaud Bhagavathi Temple, is a renowned temple near Colachel in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Built in Kerala's traditional temple architectural-style, it lies near the seashore. A unique feature of this temple is its' presiding deity - an ant hill with five heads, standing at a tall 15 feet. The local belief is that the ant hill grows gradually. It is also referred to as 'Women's Sabarimala'.

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7. Alappancode Easwara Kala Bhoothathan Temple

Alappancode Easwara Kala Bhoothathan Temple

Alappancode Easwara Kala Bhoothathan Temple is an ancient temple in the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu dedicated to Lord Ayyappa or Alappancode Ammavan. It is the only temple in Tamil Nadu where a large number of elephants are adorned with embellishments for the annual procession on the last saturday of the solar year (December). The procession starts from the Kariyathara Temple, Anducode and ends at Alappancode, covering 7 kms. It is administered by hereditary trustees of four families in the region.

8. Bhoothalingaswamy Temple

Bhoothalingaswamy Temple

The Bhoothalingaswamy Temple in Boothapandi, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu is considered to be the legendary abode of Thadakai in the Ramayana. Built by King Pasum Pon Pandyan - son of Boothapandiyan, the sanctum sanctorum is a crude cell excavated from a large rock. The linga here is also from the same rock. The other deities in this temple are Nandi, Nataraja, Sivakami Ambal, Adithyan, Subramanian and Sandikeswarar. Sivakami Ambal, the main deity’s mother, has an exquisite shrine commemorated for her.

9. Kattalai Amman Temple

Kattalai Amman Temple

Kattalai Amman Temple, previously known as Irumpudayaan Kandan Sasthan Kovil, is an old temple in the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu. Surrounded by mountains and canals, the oldest structures in this complex date back 8000 years - being the Nagaramman Temple and central lamp post. The complex maintained by the Elur Chetty community also has an Amman Temple and Shiva Maadan Temple today. Legend says that iron was heated and poured into the main pond in the temple complex, also known as Irumpudayaan Kulam.

10. Thirunadhikkara Cave Temple

Thirunadhikkara Cave Temple

Thirunadhikkara Cave Temple is a rock-cut temple in Thiruvattur, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Dating back to the seventh and eighth century AD, this cave temple is considered as a showcase of Pallava art. The hall of this temple seems to have had richly decorated frescoes which have slowly faded over the years. The earliest murals clearly denote the influence of the Kerala-style art, showing scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. This art is being revived by researchers, teachers and artists of the Sree Sankara Sanskrit College. The presiding deity of the temple is Thiru Nanthikeswarar.

11. Vadaku Thamaraikulam Krishna Aalayam

Vadaku Thamaraikulam Krishna Aalayam

The Vadaku Thamaraikulam Krishna Aalayam is a modern temple dedicated to Lord Krishna near Swamithoppu in the Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu. Completed as recently as 2005, this modern temple celebrates Janmashtmi with warmth and valour. This temple has a large pond within it as Vadaku Thamaraikulam means ‘Northern Lotus Pond’ in Tamil.

12. Shenbagavalli Amman Temple

Shenbagavalli Amman Temple

The Sree Chenbagavalli Amman Temple in the Payanam village of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Goddess Parvati in her avatar as Chenbagavalli Amman. The presiding deity is holding a trident and child in her hands. The sanctum has 17 pillars that support a mandapam, each representing an alphabet in her name. Every February- March, a local annual festival or procession is celebrated where the deity is taken through the village and the neighbouring region. A shrine was erected to commemorate the efforts of the people of Payanam who built this temple.

13. Kailasapuram Ayya Vaikundar Temple

Kailasapuram Ayya Vaikundar Temple

The Kailasapuram Ayya Vaikundar Temple is situated in the Peruvilai village of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Dedicated to Ayya Vaikundar or Ayya Vazhi, a popular deity in this region, this temple commemorates the fight against oppression which was fought by him. His unwavering devotion to the identity of men as equal made him have a lot of followers. The 20th day of Masi is the day he returned to Swamithoppu, his place of residence in this district, and is celebrated with a procession to this day.

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