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A Visit to Kumari Amman Temple At Kanyakumari

Written By: Siji Ram

Kanyakumari is one of the most sought after destinations in South India. The mesmerising view of the sunrise and sunset, the majestic Vivekananda Memorial and Kumari Amman Temple are not to be missed here.

Let us take a tour to Kumari Amman Temple in Kanyakumari.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Devi Kanya, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. This beautiful temple is located on the shore of Kanyakumari which is the confluence of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.

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Kumari Amman Temple at Kanyakumari
Photo Courtesy: Himadri Karmakar 

The virgin Goddess Kanya is popularly known by several names like Devi Kumari, Kumari Amman and Kanya Devi. Another interesting fact about the temple is that it has its mentions is various Hindu scriptures like Ramayana, Mahabharatha and Purananooru.

The idol of Kanyakumari is one of the reasons that you should visit the temple. The nose ring of the goddess is made of rubies, and is bright, and can be seen even from a distance at night. As many ships sailing during nights have mistaken the nose ring's brilliance as the light from the lighthouse, the Eastern gate of the temple is closed to avoid any damage to the sailors.

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The idol of Goddess Kanya

The temple was built around 3000 years ago and a lot of devotees flock in to worship the adolescent form of Goddess Durga. The blue stone idol of Devi Kanya is believed to have installed by sage Parashurama.

Some of the major festivals celebrated here are Navratri (9 days) during September-October, Vaisakha festival (10 days) during May-June and Kalabham festival during May-June. Tourists and devotees flock in to this place during the times of these festivals.

Some of the temples near Kumari Amman Temple that can be visited along are Thanumalayan Temple, Nagaraja Temple, Thiruchendur Temple, Lord Subramanya Temple and Guganathaswamy Temple.

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An image of Kanyakumari Temple
Photo Courtesy: Kainjock 

How to Reach Kumari Amman Temple in Kanyakumari

Buses ply from all the major cities of Tamil Nadu to the temple. The temple is just 1km from the Kanyakumari bus stop. You can either walk or take an auto rickshaw to the temple. The nearest railway station to the temple is Kanyakumari Railway Station which is 1km away. The nearest airport from here is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is around 90km away from the temple.

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