Kanyakumari Temples


      Chidaraal is a place in Kanyakumari district, which is 45 kms away from the capital city. There is a Jain Temple in this place which is exactly on the hill rock. The temple has the sculptures in it that are of the Jain Thirtankaras. The temple in chidaraal and the sculptures found in the temple are preserved by the Archaeological survey of India. They have maintained this in good condition.


      This temple is said to be 1000 years old. As history speaks of the temple, it is said to have been constructed by the Great Chola King Raja Raja cholan. The architectures and inscriptions purely resemble the Chola Style architecture. This temple is located near the railway station. In this temple tourists and visitors can find 16 inscriptions that are said to have been inscribed during the 11th century A.D. Tourists are allowed for visit from 6.00 A.M. to 11.15 AM. and from 5.00 pm to 8.45 p.m.


      There is a temple of Lord Vinayaka in this place called Keralapuram. This place is located near Thukalay. The idol of the Lord Vinayaka confuses the pilgrims. The uniqueness about it is that it changes its colour. It is found to be black for the first six months and then changes its colour to white for the next six months.


       This temple is located near the sea shore and it is a beautiful scene for visitors who visit this site. Mythology says that Goddess Devi performed prayers to get Lord Shiva’s hand for marriage. When she did not get in hand to marry Lord Shiva, she promised ever to be a virgin which means Kanya in Tamil. The idol of the goddess in this temple has a nose ring studded with diamond which is visible even from the sea.


      Nagarcoil is the capital city of the Kanyakumari district. There is a Nagaraja temple, located here, which is very famous. The pillars in this temple are inscribed with the figures of the Jain Theerthangaras, Mahavira and Parsavanathar. The entrance to this temple is exactly the replica of the Chinese architecture of a Buddhist Vihar.


      Suchindram is a pilgrim town in the Kanyakumari district. There is a Thanumalayan temple in the place. This temple is a treasure of arts. The artistic skills of the architects, sculptors and craftsmen are found through their creation of the musical pillars and also the gorgeous 18 feet statue of Hanuman, The deputy of King Rama. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu Trinity Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. The Hanuman Statue and Vinayaki (The female carving of Vinaya) are found exuberantly.


      Thiruvattar a town of the Kanyakumari district is 70 km away from the city headquarters. The finest specimens of temple art, architecture and crafts are found here. The wall paintings are worth enjoying for the tourists.


      This temple in Vallimalai is constructed on a rock cut hill which is 300 steps atop from the plains. The temple as a whole is located inside a cave. The cave temple is found to be built in 3 successive levels. The elevation increases level after level. The shrines of Vinayakar and Kasi Viswanathar are found in this temple. The construction in this temple is attributed to the Pallava and Nayak rulers.


      Erayoor is a place located at Sriperumputhur. There is a Siva temple in this place. The idol in this temple is named as Irul Neekeeswarar which denotes that, God who removes the darkness of life. The temple consists of five holy tanks. The five tanks are namely Siva Theertham (Mahadev Tank), Bramma Theertham (Pookulam), Vishnu Theertham (Neerkulam), Rudra Theertham (Theeradikulam) and Maheeswara Theertham (Allikulam). The holy tree of this temple is Kadamela. According to legends Virutham, moon god, Sun god and Agarthiya worshipped the supreme God - Lord Shiva, in this temple.