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Kanniyakumari - The Destination

Kanniyakumari, the southernmost point of peninsular India, is the meeting point of three oceans- the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Besides it being an important Hindu pilgrim centre, it is well-known for its picturesque sunrise and sunset over the sparkling waters.

Attractions in Kanniyakumari are endless. A must-see here is the Kumari Amman or the Kanniyakumari Temple. This temple is dedicated to a  manifestation  of  Parvati , the  virgin  goddess who did

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penance to obtain Lord Shiva's hand in marriage. The temple and the adjoining ghat are perfectly situated overlooking the shore. The diamond nose-ring of the deity is famous for its sparkling splendor said to be visible even from the sea.

Kanniyakumari epitomises the site where the spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda spent days in meditation upon a rock off the coast. A memorial built in his honor is accessible via ferry. There is also a recently built memorial to Tiruvalluvar, the author of the philosophical work Tirukkural - a treatise on the Indian way of life. Close to the Vivekananda Rock is another rock called Sripada Parai, which means ‘the rock that has been blessed by the touch of the feet of the goddess.’ Both these rocks are fine places from where you can have a view of the land’s end of India.

Kanniyakumari - Facts at a Glance

State : Tamil Nadu
Area : 25.89 sq. kms
Temperature : 34.8?C - 22.4?C (Summers)
33.8?C - 21.6?C (Winters)
Rainfall : 102 cms
Language : Tamil, Malayalam, English
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Kanniyakumari is often associated with the Goddess Kumari, the virgin, and is a busy pilgrimage center. It is thronged with pilgrims throughout the year. The Cape is at its best during Chitra Poornami or the full moon day in April when the sun and moon are face to face at the same horizon. Other full moon days are also special - one can see the sun set and the moon rise almost simultaneously!

Attractions in Kanniyakumari

The Vivekananda Rock Memorial - On the seaside is built a large, beautiful memorial dedicated to the Indian philosopher, Swami Vivekananda, who is said to have meditated here before setting out as one of India's most important religious crusaders. There is a Dhyana Mandapam for one to sit in a peaceful atmosphere and meditate. This memorial is on two rocky islands projecting from the sea about 400 m offshore. The Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda came here in 1892. The memorial has been built on the Vivekananda Rock where the great philosopher - guide Swami Vivekananda went into meditation
The Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari

that transformed him into one of the most charismatic spiritual leaders of this century. On this rock is positioned the Vivekananda Rock Memorial built in 1970 with a blend of all the architectural styles of India. A statue of Swami Vivekananda has been installed inside the memorial building.

Kumari Amman Temple - The seashore Kumari Amman temple is dedicated to the virgin goddess Kanya Devi, who may be said to be the guardian deity of the shoreline, but was later absorbed into the figure of Devi, or Parvati, consort of Shiva. One version of Kanya Devi's story relates how she did penance to win the hand of Shiva. The god was all in favour and set out from Suchindram for the wedding, due to take place at midnight. The celestial devas, however, wanted Kanya Devi to remain a virgin, so that she could retain her full quota of shakti or divine power, and hatched a plot. Narada the sage assumed the form of a cock and crowed; on hearing this, Shiva, thinking that it was dawn and that he had missed the auspicious time for the ceremony, went home. The figure of Kanya Devi inside the temple wears a diamond nose stud of such brilliance that it's said to be visible from the sea.

Gandhi Memorial - The striking Gandhi Memorial has been built on the spot where the urn containing the Mahatma's ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion. Resembling central Indian Hindu temples in form, the memorial was so planned that on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday (October 2), the first rays of the sun fall on the exact place where his ashes were kept.

Guganathaswamy Temple - This 1000-year-old temple is said to have been built by Raja Raja Cholan, and is situated close to the railway station.

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