Suchindram - Kanyakumari

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Suchindrum is a small village about 12 km. from Kanyakumari and about seven kilometres from Nagercoil. This holy place is located on the bank of the river Pazhayar, adjoining fertile fields and coconut groves and the temple is dedicated to Sri Sthanumalayan. The word denotes Siva, Vishnu and Brahma as. Sthanu represents Siva, Mal represents Vishnu while Ayan represents Brahma i.e. Siva, Vishnu and Brahma in "One Form".

Suchindrum means the place where Indra attained 'Suchi' i.e., purification. The Sthalapurana has it that Indra suffered a curse from sage Gowthama, when he stealthily cast amorous glances at Ahalya the wife of Gowthama. Not able to suffer the mortification brought about by the curse. Indra had to seek immediate redemption. He came to 'Gnana Aranya' as this place was then called and offered worship to Lord Shiva. Relieving Indra of his curse, Lord Shiva granted him of his wish that the place where he attained purification should henceforth be called 'Suchindrum'.

Another story goes to say that the Trimurthys i.e. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, cajoled by their divine consorts came down to the earth to test the chastity of Anusuya, wife of sage Athri at Gnana Aranya. The Gods for this misadventure had to suffer a surse form the Rishipatni and to undergo the purification process, before they could be restored to their former glory.

It is said that Thanumalaya Swamy temple is the only shrine dedicated to the Trinity in India. The present structure of the temple is the work of a number of persons spread over a number of centuries. It is a complex of many beautiful structures constructed at various times and is one of the best specimens and a store house of the Dravidian style of art and architecture.

Suchindram Temple, Nagercoil

Suchindram Anjaneyar Temple is also called as Thanumalaya Perumal temple, Hanuman temple. It's a belief that Lord Shiva stayed at Suchindram Temple when Devi came for self-punishment at Kanyakumari. Suchindrum is located 6 km south-east to the district capital Nagercoil and 13 kms from Kanyakumari. Suchindram is lying between Nagercoil and Kanyakumari main road. This Hanuman Temple situated in a village of Suchindram and is famous for its sculptural richness and tall tower known as "gopuram". This gopuram is large, white colored, sculptural and 40 meters in hight.

Suchindram Anjaneyar Temple

There is a large Hanuman statue is the main attraction in the temple and "vada mala" pooja is special for this Hanuman. The statue is 18 feet high and depicts 'visuvaroopam'.

Hanuman Temple is dedicated to Sri Thanumalayan. The place dedicated to the Trinity is Shrine which is known as "Thanumalaya". The name Thanumalaya is came from the combination of Thirumurties "Siva", "Vishnu" and "Brahma" as. 'Thanu' represents Siva; 'Mal' represents Vishnu and 'Ayan' represents Brahman i.e. Siva, Vishnu and Brahman in "One Form". Based on the ancient belief, top, middle and base of the "Linga" is represent as Sive, Vishnu and Brama respectively.

There are two important festivals every year; one is in the tamil month of Markazhi (December/January) and the other one is in the tamil month of Chiththirai (April/May). During the Markazhi festival, there is car festival on the 9th day; the deities are taken out in procession around the streets on three festival cars.

Visiting Hours : From 04.00 AM to 11.45 AM and 04.00 P.M to 08.00 PM