Presiding deity: Sri Bhagavathi Amman
Other names: Devi Kanyakumari
Thyaga: Soundary, Balasoundary
Holy Spring: Papanasa Theertham
Reputation: Southernmost boundary of India – Bharath Varsha
Speciality: Pilgrimage-cum-tourist centre
Scriptural name: Kumarikandam
Devotees come to Kanyakumari temple with the main purpose of getting marriages happily settled in the families. Their prayers are granted by the goddess.
It is also said that those going to Kashi should visit Kanyakumari for safe results. This is a place that has great significance for a dip in the waters here so that the devotee gets relieved of his/her sins.
Sage Parasurama worshipped Goddess in Kanyakumari.
Kanyakumari is in the southernmost point of India – called Cape Comerin during the pre-independence days. The reputation of this temple is widely known to all throughout India and the world. Though the temple is on the sea shore, the water in the well in the temple is sweet and not salty.
The earlier ancient temple had been washed away in a sea erosion ( a tsunami of high intensity) and the present temple was constructed and goddess installed later, which also is over thousand years old.
Kanyakumari is the revered centre for performing rites for the ancestors. A place that has a large number of visitors from North India.
People use to light lamps in the temple and offer new saris to the goddess besides usual abishek and archanas. People bathe in the sea and offer Tarpan to the departed ancestors for their salvation.
Kanyakumari is 25 Kms from Nagercoil, 91 from Tirunelveli and 242 from Madurai. There are convenient private and temple lodges in the place. Alaimagal lodge, Kalaimagal Lodge and Malaimagal Lodge are few to mention charging Rs. 150 a day. As Kanyakumari is an attractive tourist centre, there are also modern lodging houses the charges ranging from Rs. 150 to Rs. 800.
Those desirous to visit the temple may contact the Executive Officer on phone No. 04652 – 246223.
Probably, Kanyakumari is the only place in the world where a confluence of three seas could be seen. This is the point where the Indian Ocean in the South, the Arabian Sea in the West and the Bay of Bengal in the east meet together. The nature’s beauty is in its full form here. During the full moon days, devotees and tourists can enjoy simultaneously the setting of the sun in the west and the rising of the moon in the east.
In the year 1948 the ashes of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was immersed in the sea confluence in Kanyakumari. Before immersion, homage was paid to the ashes in the pot with flowers. Gandhiji’s disciple Acharya Kripalani took efforts for the construction of a memorial for him. The foundation stone was laid in 1954 and a beautiful Mandap came into being in the year 1956. It is noteworthy that sunlight falls on the Peeta in the Mandap on the 2nd October of the year, the day of Mahatmaji’s birth.
There are two great rocks in the eastern direction in the sea. The bigger one measures about 3 acres and is 55 feet above the sea. There is also a symbol on this rock in the shape of a foot which devotees believe to be that of the Goddess. In the year 1892, Swami Vivekananda visited Kanyakumari, spent his time on the rock in deep medidation. A Mandap is constructed on this rock in his memory.
On the other rock, the statue of Thiruvalluvar is installed representing the minute skills in sculpture. The tall statue is very beautifully designed and stands so majestically as if conversing with tides. Boat conveyance is available to go and see the statue closely. Indeed, a pleasant wonder.
10 day Navarathri festival in the Tamil month of Purattasi (September-October). 10 day Vaikasi Visakam during May-June with a Boat Festival. The crowd will exceed ten thousands. During these festival days, the Goddess will be taken in procession both in the morning and evening. On the ninth day the Goddess will be taken round the water on the western part in a boat beautifully decorated.