Kanyakumari is on most travellers list for being the southernmost tip of India’s mainland. About 86km south-east of Thiruvananthapuram, it is the point of confluence of Arabian sea, the bay of Bengal and the Indian ocean.kanyakumari is the home to another unique geographical phenomenon that allows you to witness the sunrise and sunset at the same beach. The town gets its name from the Hindu goddess Kanyakumari, who has a temple dedicated to her here.
It is also famous for the Vivekananda rock memorial, where Swami Vivekananda meditated and decided to carry his message of peace across the world. The location of the city played a major part in the evolution of its culture. People from many countries visited the port town and its evidence is seen in its food, architecture and art forms. Best time to visit Kanyakumari is January, February, March, October, November and December.kanyakumari is considered an ideal destination to spend your vacations with your family. It is also a great pilgrimage spot owing to a number of temples and ashrams located in the city. Apart from this, Kanyakumari is also a delight for nature and beach lovers as the sunset and sunrise offer one of the best landscapes of nature.
According to a famous legend, Kanya Devi, an avatar of goddess Parvati, was supposed to wed Lord Shiva but Lord Shiva himself failed to turn up for this day and the wedding did not take place. The rice grains and cereals that were supposed to be for the marriage, remained uncooked. It is said, that even today, one can find stones that look exactly like rice grains. Many people believe that they are the remains of the marriage. Kanya Devi, it is said, remained a virgin goddess.
Kanyakumari also known as Kanyakumari, earlier known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu India. The name comes from the temple, Devi Kanya kumara temple in the region. It is the southernmost tip of peninsular India. Kanyakumari town is the southern tip of the cardamom hills, an extension of the Western Ghats. The nearest town is Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari district, 22 km away. Kanyakumari has been a town since Sangam period and is a popular tourist destination.
The land where three seas meet
Kanyakumari offers the marvellous confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meeting together at a point. But, this is not the miracle, the miracle lies in the beauty that the water of three seas does not mix, you can clearly distinguish between the turquoise blue, deep blue and sea green waters of the three seas. To enjoy the best view you can visit the Triveni Sangam point and the famous view tower to absorb the beauty of nature in your hearts.
Devi Kanya Kumari
Devi Kanya Kumari is goddess Shree Bhagavathy in the form of an adolescent girl child.devi is also known +as shree baala bhadra or shree baala.she is popularly known as devi.the rites and rituals are performed in the tamilnadu ritual.
Kanyakumari region is a part of the tamilnadu.the other attractions inside the temple are the pathala Ganga teertham,kalabhairava shrine.kalabhairava is a ferocious form of lord shiva who annihikates everything. Each of the 51 Shakti preetam has a kalabhairava shrine within the temple meant for the protection of the temple. The name of the kalabhairava in kanyakumari temple is nimish and the shakti is sarvani and in the shakti peetham of shuchindram the kalabhairava is sanhar and the shakti is narayani.these are two shakti peetham out of 51 shaktipeeth all over south asia.
Navarathri mandapam is another specialty where in devotees get a stage to display their artistic ability in music as a dedication to the goddess.
New red sarees and ghee wick lamps are offered to the goddess by devotees. Reciting lalita sahasranama while approaching and circumbulating the temple is considered auspicious. The location kanyakumari has been held sacred by Hindus as it is the confluence of three seas.pitr tarpan and taking bath in the sea is done in the kanyakumari beach as it is the convergence of many important theerthas.there are a total of 11 theerthams associated with the temple in the ocean surrounding kanyakumari.
- Chitra pournima festival: on the full moon day in may.
- Navarathri festival:9 day festival.
- Vaisakha festival a: 10-day festival in may-june culminating by thoni ezhunellathu in may-june.during this festival devi will be taken in procession both in the morning and evening ,during aaraatu the eastern door is open.on the ninth day, the thoni ezhunellathu takes place.devi will be taken round the water on the western part in a boat.
- Kalabham festival : The idol is smeared in sandal paste in the last Friday of the month of karkidaka or aadi, in july-august.