KanyaKumari Temple is the abode of Devi Kanya Kumari(The Virgin Goddess). The presiding deity of this temple is popularly called as "Kumari Amman" and "Bhagavathi Amman". The Holy Goddess temple is situated at the confluence of Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean in the Kanyakumari city, Tamilnadu, India. It is one among the 108 Shakthi Peethas in the world.
The other shrines in the temple are Lord Ganesh, Lord Surya, Sri Ayyappa Swamy, Goddess Vijayasundari and Goddess Balasundari.
Sri Bhagavathi Amman Temple Timings, Kanyakumari:
Morning: 4:30am to 12:30pm
Evening 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Temple Contact Telephone Number: 04652-246223
Significance and Importance of the Kanyakumari Amman Temple:
The Poojas in the temple are performed according to the Tantra Samuchayam like the temple in Kerala. Kanyakumari Temple is considered as a Kerala Temple and was once part of the erstwhile Travancore Kingdom.
The water Well inside the temple known as Moola Ganga Theertham from which water is being used for Goddess Kumari Amman Abhishekam.
During the British rule, the temple was called as Cape Comorin. During the full moon day, pilgrims and tourists can enjoy the Sun setting in the west and Moon rising in the east.
Annual Events/Festivals of the Temple:
The most important annual festivals which are being celebrated in the temple are Vaishaka Festival and Navaratri Festival. The other significant festivals are Kalabham(Sandal) festival, Car Festival and Float Festival.
The Vaisakha festival is celebrated for a period of 10days in the month of Vaikasi(May), where an Utsava idol of the Goddess is taken around town in procession on various Vahanams during the festival.
During the Navatrati festival, an image of the deity is place at Navaratri Mandapam for worship and procession takes place on each day of the festival. The festival concludes with the destruction of Banasura, a demon on the day of Vijaya Dasami. This festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Purattasi(September/October).
The Kalabham festival popularly known as Sandal festival. The presiding deity of the temple is covered(decorated) with Sandal paste and on the 13th day(last Friday) of the Tamil month Aadi(Karkkidakam), Goddess Kumari Amman will be decorated with various flowers in a grand manner.
How to Reach:
Kanyakumari, the temple city is well connected to major cities by road/rail/air across India. The nearest cities are Nagarcoil(22km), Thiruvanathapuram, the capital city of Kerala(85km), Madurai(244km), chennai(660km).