September 16, 2008

Suchindram & Kanyakumari

On route to Kanyakumari from Trivandrum, you would come across many broken bits of the ghats, almost close to their end as we edge towards Kanyakumari

On the way, falls Suchindram, where is a very famous Sthanumalayan Temple. This temple is famous for its stone workmanship, with musical pillars and extraordinary pillars and statues of gods and goddesses. This temple has a Hanuman statue, which is 22 feet tall and carved from a single granite rock. This is said to be one of the biggest statues in India.

This picture below is taken outside the temple.

When you reach Kanyakumari, there is the temple which is the alter of Goddess Kanyakumari. Mythology says that Goddess has played a very important role in diverting ships from the rocks of the Indian mainland during heavy storms and winds. Her diamond nose ring is said to have reflected the moonlight and cast long beams which ships mistake to be a lighthouse beam and anyhow steer clear of disaster.

Another entity that you see is the Vivekananda Rock and statue which is out at sea. These are almost inaccessible during the high tide or stormy moods of the Indian Ocean.

The first picture shows both the statue and the rock with its small temple.

The second picture shows the statue alone.

The third one is a very zoomed picture of the temple on the rocks out at sea.

1 comment:

  1. wow!!! wonderful pics. and u know what i m right now trying to decide where to head for in diwali vacation. Kanyakumari is now on list.


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