The Thanumalayan Temple

Thanumalayan Temple - Suchindram - Kanyakumari Dist
The Thanumalayan Temple - Suchindram

One of the most famous temples located at Suchindram in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, the Thanumalayan Temple was constructed in the 17th century and accounts for its sculpture. The 17th century temple with all its supremacy of architectural admiration stands majestically with a seven story white Gopuram which is well visible even from a distance. The entire façade is incarnated with the sculptors of Hindu deities. The temple is blessed with the Holy Trinities-- Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma in a single form. Today also there exists a staunch belief that the Lord Indra visits this temple at every mid night to perform a holy pooja termed as "Ardhajama Pooja", or worship.


The temple is famous for its quality oriented architectural workmanship in stones. The highlight of Alankara mandapam is the presence of highly attractive four musical pillars, carved out of a single stone, and each one stands at 18 feet in height which produces various musical notes when it is struck. The next aspect of admiration to be pointed out is the vast Dancing Hall which has an additional 1035 pillars with carvings. The carvings are minute and one can get full enjoyment if he/she observes very keenly.


Another historical event to be mentioned in connection with this temple is about the 22 feet high Anjaneya, (or Hanuman), statue that had been buried under the temple during the year 1740, with the fear of an attack by the Tippu Sultan and was later forgotten. Later it had been rediscovered in 1930, and ultimately it was restored for viewing by the then Devaswom Board Commissioner Rajya Seva Praveena Sri M.K. Neelankantha Iyer of Kottarathu Mathom, Moncompu.[ The next important aspect to be mentioned is the presence of Nandi statue. It is 13 feet in height and 21 feet in length and was fully made of mortar and lime.


10 days car-festival:

Another great attraction of people towards this temple is the regular celebration of car-festival during the month of December and January, in which many thousands of people very eagerly participate in each year. Another festival known as Teppam is celebrated between April and May in every year. The Sanskrit work Sucindrastalamahatmya gives a fully fledged legendary account of the origin and development of this temple.


Opening timing for Thanumalayan Temple

All days of the week

4:00 AM - 12:00 PM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Exact Location:

Thanumalayan temple is located just opposite to the Suchindram Electricity Board and one can easily reach there by taking a cab or a bus from the main city of Kanyakumari.

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