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Hindu Temples In And Around Kanyakumari Of Tamil Nadu

Kanyakumari is a small town in the state of Tamil Nadu, near the Kerala border of India. It is located on the southern tip of India at the “confluence of three bodies”. The Indian Ocean, The Arabian sea, and the Bay of Bengal merge at this place. The point of the merger of the three bodies is called “Triveni Sangam”. You will see three different colors of the water.   It is a beautiful place.  It is named after the Kanyakumari temple. Kanyakumari is literally known as “The Virgin Princes”.

There are many temples in Kanyakumari. If you are planning a trip to Kanyakumari and searching for a temple to visit, then this article is for you. Following is the list of famous temples in and around the Kanyakumari.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a monument located on one of the two rocks off the mainland of Kanyakumari at a distance of 5oo meters. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kanyakumari. The rock memorial was built in the year 1970 in honor of Swami Vivekananda a Hindu philosopher. The statue of Vivekananda was made from bronze. The height of the statue is 133 feet. There is Vivekananda Kendra a social-religious organization in Kanyakumari founded by Eknath Ranade. The timing of the Vivekananda rock memorial is from 7 AM to 5 PM.

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Statue Of Thiruvalluvar

The statue of Thiruvalluvar is a famous and important landmark in Kanyakumari. Thiruvalluvar was a Tamil poet and philosopher. The statue of Thiruvalluvar is located at 400 meters on the coastline of Kanyakumari. The statue was made from stone and concrete. The height of the statue is 133-foot or 41 meters. The total weight of the statue is 7000 tons. The tall stone statue in the ocean is an attraction in Kanyakumari. The approach to the statue is through the ferry ride with cost. The time is from 8 am to 4 pm.

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Kanyakumari Temple

Kanyakumari temple is also known as Saravari Shaktipeeth Shri Kanyakumari Bhagavathi Amman temple. It is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Parvathi in the form of a virgin girl. It is considered one of the Shakti Peeths. Kanyakumari temple is located in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu at the southern tip of mainland of India. It is 300 years old temple. The timing of the temple is from 4.30 am to 12.30 pm and 4 pm to 8.30 pm

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Triveni Sangam

It is the southernmost last tip of Indian land. Triveni Sangam is a union of three oceans, namely the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal. Triveni Sangam has considered a sacred bath place in the southernmost tip of Kanyakumari of India. It is a famous pilgrimage place for Hindus. Triveni Sangam is a top tourist attraction in Kanyakumari. It is the only place on the earth where you can see sunrise and sunset from the ocean.

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Suchindram Temple

Suchindram temple is also known as Thanumalayan Temple. Suchindram is a small town in the southernmost district of Kanyakumari. The distance of Suchindram temple from Kanyakumari is 11 km. It is one of the important Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu. Suchindram temple was built in the 9th century. The 22 feet large statue of Hanuman is the main attraction of this temple. The secret fact of the Suchindram temple is that four musical pillars were made out of a single stone. There are 1040 pillars within the temple.

Arulmigu Bhagavathy Amman Aalayam

Arulmigu Bhagavathy Amman Aalayam is a Hindu temple located in Kanyakumari of Tamil Nadu. This temple is very close to the Kanyakumari sea beach.  The temple is considered one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu. Arulmigu Bhagavathy Amman Aalayam is an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Kumari Amman. Bhagavathi Amman is a very popular name in Tamil Nadu. She is the virgin goddess. It is the most sacred temple in the world.  This temple is considered one of the 108 Shakthi Peethas. 

Kanyakumari Shri Tirupathi Temple

Kanyakumari Shri Tirupathi Temple is a Hindu temple located in Kanyakumari. The temple is a replica of the Tirupati murti as they have one in Tirupati   Tirumala. The temple is a neat, very clean, and well-maintained temple in Kanyakumari. The temple has a great ambiance, serene atmosphere, sprawling ground, and amazing views of the seas. The opening and closing time of the temple is from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm. This temple is a must-visit for any traveler.

Thirunanthikarai Cave Temple

Thirunanthikarai Cave temple is a rock-cut Hindu temple located near Thiruvattar in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. This temple is also known as Thirunanthikara.  It is one of the most ancient temples in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the temple is established in the 9th century.   The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva with murals, and inscriptions.  The temple is situated on the bank of river Nandhiaaru.

Nagaraja Temple

Nagaraja Temple is a Hindu temple located in Nagercoil in the Tamil Nadu state of India. The temple is situated 14 km from Kanyakumari. It is an early large temple found near the southern tip of Tamil Nadu. The timing of the temple is from 4.00 am to 8.30 pm. The temple is 1000 to 2000 years old and dedicated to God Nagaraja (Snake God). The temple has many idols of snakes. There are 60 feet long cobra statues for worship. It is considered as this is an ideal place for prayers for those facing adverse aspects of the serpent planet.

Adikeshva Perumal Temple

Adikeshva Perumal Temple is located at Thiruvattar, in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.  The temple is situated in a beautiful place surrounded by three rivers of Kothari, Paharali, and Thamirabarani.  The deity in the temple is Adikeshva Perumal. The idol of Perumal is made from the mixtures of Kadu Sarkarai Yogam and 16008 Salagrama stones. The temple is one of the Divya Desams devoted to Lord Balaji.

 12 Shivalayam Temples

The Shivalayam temples are a group of 12 temples located in different places around the Kanyakumari.   The people complete the ritual of Ottam at the Shiva temples. Ottam is a ritual marathon undertaken by the devotees to the 12 Shiva Shrine. The ritual marathon has to complete on the day of Shivaratri. The meaning of Ottam means visiting the temples one by one on the same day.  The temple invites the devotees to worship the god who is adorned by nature – the moon, River, and Snakes. The temple is situated at Tiruchendur right outside of Kanyakumari. 

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