Kanyakumari Bhagavathi amman temple :

God and Godess :

  • Bhagavathy amman
  • Kumari Amman
  • Lord AadiSankara

Location :

Kanyakumari Kumari Amman Temple,
Kanyakumari Town,
Kanyakumari district-629001,
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 5:00AM to 12:30PM
  • Evening 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Temple History :

Kanyakumari, Sri Kumari Amman Temple is one of the Shakthipeetham and is existed since 3000 Years.This temple is dedicated to Virgin Goddess Kanyakumari, Who stands in eternal vigil protecting the country, and this temple surrounded by stone walls stands on the edge of the ocean. In this temple, we can see two sides of gate one are Northern gate and the other is Eastern gate. This eastern gate will be opened only during some festival days when goddess is taken out for the ceremonial bath.This temple is located at the end of India(on the seashore of Arabian Sea) at a distance of 700km from the capital city Chennai.The nearest major city to this temple is Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala state.Thousands of devotees and tourists from all over the word (from many other countries)arrives here daily.Kanyakumari is one the best Tourism spot in India as one can see the setting Sun at the Arabian Seashore.

History:
According to the legends Once upon a time Banasura, The demon King got supremacy over Devathas and meted out cruel punishment to them. The Devas performed a Yagna pleading to annihilate the evils. Goddess Parasakthi came to kumara in the form of a Virgin girl and began the penance. Mean While Lord Shiva fell in love with her and arrangements for the marriage were made in the midnight on a particular day. Now the Devine sage Narada realized that their marriage would destroy the chances of annihilating Banasura because he could be killed only by a virgin. When Lord Shiva was on his way to Kanyakumari from Suchindrum at Valukkamparai 5 km south of Suchindram, Sage Narada assumed the form of a cock and crowed falsely heralding the break of dawn. Thinking that the auspicious time for the marriage was passed, Lord Shiva returned disappointed. The Goddess too decided to remain virgin after that. Banasura heard about the beauty of the Virgin Goddess and came to request her hand in marriage. When the Goddess spurned the idea, the demon king decided to win her by force, she killed him with her Chakrayudha and relieved the sufferings of Devas. Then she resumed her penance and remained a virgin(Kanya).

The Devi stands as a charming young girl in her penance with a rosary in her right hand, and a sparkling nose jewel that sheds lustrous radiance. It is believed that the nose ring of Devi Kanyakumari set with rubies are so bright and that could be seen from far at night. Also, it is told that some ships sailing in the sea, mistaking the brilliance of the rubies for the light from the Lighthouse, went off shore got wrecked, hitting against the rocks nearby. In this point of view, eastern side gate of the temple is kept closed. The idol made of blue stone is believed to have installed by sage Parshurama.After worshipping the Goddess, pilgrims enter the inner corridor, where they can have the darshan of Indra Vinayak. There is also a small shrine dedicated to Tyagasundari.

Festivals :

  • Vaikasi Visagam
  • Navarathri
  • Thirukarthigai
  • Aadi Ammavasai
  • Thai Ammavasai

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Abhishegam – 5:00AM
  • Deeparathanai – 6:00AM
  • Abhishegam – 10:00AM
  • Deeparathanai – 11:30AM
  • Sayaratchai Deeparathanai – 6:30AM
  • Sribali – 8:15PM
  • Yeganda Deeparathanai – 8:25PM

Nearest Temples Around Kanyakumari Bhagavathi amman temple :

  • Papanasam Papanatha swamy temple – 109 km
  • Kovil patti Poovanatha temple – 146 km
  • Tenkasi Kasi Viswanatha swamy temple – 140 km
  • Sankara kovil Sankara Narayana temple – 144 km
  • Kadayam Vilva Vananatha temple – 117 km
  • Tirunelveli Nellaiappar temple – 89 km
  • Mandaikadu Bhagavathi amman temple – 40 km
  • Suchindram Thanumalayam temple – 14 km
  • Thiruvalturu Aadi kesava perumal temple – 47 km
  • (Kerala)Attukal Attukal Bhagavathi temple – 87 km
  • Trivendrum Anantapadmanabha swamy temple – 87 km
  • (Karikkom)Karikkonam Chamundi temple – 94 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Nagarkoil – 21 km
  • Thuckalay – 34 km
  • Melpuram – 52 km
  • Trivendrum – 84 km
  • Kanyakumari – 3 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Nagarkoil – 18 km
  • Kanyakumari – 1 km
  • Eraniel – 35 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore – 440 km
  • Chennai – 687 km
  • Tiruchirapalli – 381 km

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