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Kanyakumari Temple, Tamil Nadu

Kanyakumari situated at the southern most end of mainland India. It is also the location wherever the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and also the Indian Ocean merge. Kanyakumari continues to be a great middle for tradition, civilization and pilgrimage for years. Kanyakumari is named soon after the virgin goddess Kanyakumari whose temple is situated here.

Legends have it that Kanya Devi, an incarnation (avatar) of Goddess Parvati, was to wed Lord Shiva but he didn't flip up for the wedding ceremony as well as the marriage in no way took place. According to legends, the rice and cereals meant for your marriage remained uncooked. Even nowadays, stones that look precisely like rice and cereals are available inside the marketplace. It's a frequent perception that these stones would be the leftovers from the legendary marriage, which couldn't be solemnized. Because the marriage couldn't just take place, Kanya Devi grew to become a virgin goddess.

The Kanyakumari temple is committed to Kanya Devi. The main entrance to the Kanyakumari temple is through the northern gate. Although the deity inside the temple is seated going through east, the eastern gate is kept closed besides for some special occasions. You will find 3 corridors that surround the sanctum. After a walk around the outer corridor, the devotees cross the 'Navarathiri mandapam' and head to the 2nd corridor, which encircles the shrine. From here you'll be able to get a distinct see from the Goddess. The main festivals in the Kanyakumari temple are held within the month of Vaikasi (May/June) as well as the Navarathri (September/October). Male worshippers are required to remove their shirts just before getting into the temple.

How to Reach
Air - The nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram (80-km), properly connected with national and Global flights. Taxis and buses are available for Kanyakumari.

Rail - Kanyakumari is nicely linked by Rail services with all of the places in India. Express trains connect kanyakumari with northern metropolitan areas like Jammu and Delhi and other cities of India.

Road - Kanyakumari is connected by regular bus services with Chennai, Pondicherry, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Nagercoil, Mandapam (Rameshwaram) etc. Local bus services, tourist taxis and auto rickshaws are available.