ART-0511 Kanyakumari

Kanniyakumari: The Southern Most Tip of India

This spot is connected to Shiva and Parvati and also Lord Rama. It is relevant to the festival of Mahashivratri, the day when Lord Siva and Parvati were married.

Kanniyakumari is located at the southern-most point of India, where the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet. The extreme southern-most point of India is marked by two rocks half submerged in the sea called “Pitru-tirtha” and “Matru-tirtha”. It is considered to be a holy place to bathe. Many pilgrims come to bathe at Kumari Ghat, which is right on the tip of the cape.

The shore temple “Kumari Amman” is dedicated to the virgin Goddess Devi, Kanniyakumari. The sage Parashurama is said to have installed the deity. The history of the temple is that the demigods prayed to the goddess, an incarnation of Parvati, to destroy the demons. Soon after appearing, she was to be married to Lord Shiva. Knowing that if she married she would lose interest in killing demons, Narada Muni tricked Lord Shiva so that on the way to the wedding he turned back home to Kailash. So after destroying the demons, the goddess, a most charming deity to see, still waits in her temple for her husband.

This temple of Kanniyakumari was also visited by Lord Ramachandra, and therefore it is said that the temple has existed there for millions of years.

The sand at Kanniyakumari has different colours. According to tradition, Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati here and the seven colours of rice thrown at the wedding were turned into the seven different coloured sands of Kanniyakumari.

Kanniyakumari is situated 150 miles south of Madurai.