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Kumari Amman Temple

Majestically located on the shore of Kanyakumari, which is the confluence of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, the Kumari Amman Temple of Kanyakumari is dedicated to Goddess Devi Kanya, who is believed to be a reincarnation of Goddess Parvati. Kanyakumari is one of the sought after destinations in South India, offering mesmerizing view of the sunrise and sunset. Kumari Amman Temple is said to be over 3000 years old. The idol of the deity stands as a charming young girl in her penance, with a rosary in her right hand.

The Idol of Goddess Kanya
Dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the temple has some interesting beliefs attached to it. An interesting fact about the temple is that it has its mention in various Hindu scriptures. The beautiful idol of Kanyakumari is adorned with the nose ring made of rubies, which is so bright that it can be seen even from a distance at night. In fact, many ships sailing during night have mistaken the nose ring for the light from the lighthouse. The idol of Kanyakumari is the main reason one should visit this temple.

History
According to popular beliefs, Devi Parvati was in love with Lord Shiva and wanted to marry him. So, she started meditating for Lord Shiva, however, the Lord Shiva did not turn up on the scheduled day of their marriage. It is said that the stoned found at the beaches are actually the uncooked food of their wedding party.

To commemorate this sad incident, the temple was constructed with Goddess Parvati as the chief deity.

About the temple
People make confessions and convey their regards to the holy goddess at the temple. It is believed that every prayer conveyed here is heard by the deity and she blesses them with whatever they wish for. Kumari Amman Temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeethams (also known as divine abode) of Goddess Shakti. According to Legend, the corpse of Goddess Sati was scattered into 51 parts throughout the Indian subcontinent. The places where the parts fell are now a sacred place of worship for Shakti worshippers. The goddess’s back is said to have fallen in Kanyakumari.

Major festivals of Kanyakumari
Some of the major festivals celebrated in the temple are Navratri (9 days) during September-October, Vaisakha festival (10 days) during May-June and Kalabham festival during May-June.

How to reach
By Road: Visitors can reach the temple by taking taxis and auto-rickshaws. City buses also are regularly accessible. The temple is 1km away from Kanyakumari bus stop.

By Train: The temple is 1km away from the rail station.

By Air: The temple is well connected to Chennai, Madurai, and Thiruvanathapuram.



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