Kumari Amman Temple

Kumari Amman Temple
Vital Information for Visitors

Kumari Amman Temple, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

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Open on all days: 04:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Entry Fees:



Approx 1-2 hrs


Navratri in October / November

A visit to Kanyakumari would be incomplete without paying respect to the Goddess Kanya Kumari. It is one of the 108 Shakti Pithas. The Kumari Amman Temple was built in remembrance of the great goddess Kanya Kumari who protected the town from the demon King Banasura. The temple is very close to the Triveni Sangam and there is a black stone statue of the goddess with a gorgeous golden nose ring, which shines out beautifully over black. The place gets its name from the deity — the Virgin Goddess. It is significant that this last spot on India should be dedicated to a goddess. The shrine of Kanyakumari is not an imposing building, but the deity is very ancient and divinely charming — once worshipped by the Pandya kings. The present temple is old, but it was built on the ruins of a much older one. In the month of October / November, the Navaratra festival takes place commemorating Kanyakumari’s victory over Banasur. The battle is presented in the form of a play.

As per legend, a demon named Banasur wreaked havoc in the region. Sages prayed to Goddess Durga for protection. She was born to a king who lived here. The king looked for a bridegroom for the princess when she came of age. The princess then woke up to her true identity. She sat in meditation and concentrated on Shiva. She sent word to him to come down from his temple Suchindram to marry her. The sages were worried. If the princess goes away, who would kill the demon? Narada, the wise sage, assumed the form of a cock and began crowing in Shiva’s way to the Land’s End. The unmindful Shiva thought it was dawn and that the hour fixed for the marriage was past. He sat down, disappointed, and forgot everything as he entered his trance. In the meanwhile the proud Banasur heard of the beautiful princess. He reached the king’s palace and demanded her hand in marriage. As nobody dared to go near him, the princess herself came out and killed the insolent creature. She is still waiting for Shiva. The colourful pebbles and sands on the shore are the metamorphosed coloured rice cooked for her marriage feast, say the folk.

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Tamil Nadu Temples with Kovalam Beach Tour

13 Nights / 14 Days
Destination : Chennai - (Kanchipuram) – Mahabalipuram - Puducherry - Tanjore - (Trichy)-Madurai –Rameshwaram – Kanyakumari - Kovalam

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