If you are planning to visit any pilgrimage destination, then Kanyakumari would be the ideal choice to seek the blessings of the God. Kanyakumari, located in the southernmost tip of Indian Peninsula was once called as Cape Comorin” by the British people. Many major cities are located close to this city which include Nagercoil (22 Kms), Thiruvananthapuram (85 kms) and much more.
Moreover, the major highlight of Kanyakumari is Kumari Amman Devi Temple situated in the heart of the city. Being the virgin goddess, Devi Kanyakumari is widely known by several names such as Kumari Amman, Kanya Devi and Devi Kumari.
It is important to know that this magnificient temple has been mentioned in various epics such as Ramayana, Mahabharata and Sangam works of Manimekalai & Purananooru. Also, the city has got its name from this temple i.e Kanyakumari (virgin) and Kumari (girl).
History of the Temple
Few of the historical records reveal that the demon king named Banasura (son of Mahabali) obtained a boon from Lord Shiva and became the emperor of three worlds. His bad character has caused much anger to Devas, sagas and saints. In order to solve this issue, the Bhoomi Devi and Devas approached Lord Vishnu and told him to kill Banasura. Lord Vishnu advised the people to pray to Parvathy (God of Universe) to destroy the evil man. All prayed to the holy goddess and Parvathy appeared as Kumari to kill Banasura.
This is the history of how the Devi Amman has created great records in Kanyakumari.
Worship in the Temple
All the rituals and poojas in temple are performed in the Kerala style. The temple authorities always open the Western door and eastern door are opened only on new moon days. Also, the Kanyakumari temple is one of the major Durga temples created by Sage Parasurama. You can see a number of attractions in the temple such as Pathala Ganga Theertham, Kalabhairava, Navarathri Mandapam and so on.
During the festival season, the entire temple will be decorated with illuminating lights and decorations. People will be gathered from different destinations to watch the special poojas and darshans.
Festivals in the Temple
Some of the major festivals that are celebrated in the city include:
- Navarathri Festival – 9 Days (September- October)
- Vaisakha Festival – 10 Days (May-June)
- Kalabham Festival – May – June
Time to Visit Kumari Amman Temple
People who are interested in attending the darshans and special poojas can visit at any time of the year. Just check the below timings to visit the temple:
- Morning – 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Evening – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM