Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple
Suchindram is an important pilgrimage for Hindus all over India and abroad. It is located at a distance of 13 km from Kanyakumari. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman this temple is also called “Suchindram Lord Anjaneyar Temple “. The word Suchindram comes from Sanskrit meaning ‘purify’. Suchindram Thanumalayan temple is also known as ‘Sthanumalayan’ temple which indicates to the trinity, worship of three Gods – Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. “Sthanu” means Siva; “Mal” means Vishnu; and the “Aya” means Brahma.
History of Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple
Built during the 17th century the temple boasts an interesting history. It was previously controlled by the Namboodiris, one of the main Namboodiri families called the Thekkumon Madam. It’s a belief that Lord Shiva stayed at Suchindram Temple when Devi came for self-punishment at Kanyakumari. Lord Indra, the king of Devas was believed to be got rid of His curse by worshiping the sacred Lingam at this Thanumalayan Temple. And hence it is said that Lord Indra visit this temple everyday to worship Lord Shiva. The temple has a huge appeal to Vaishnavites and Saivites all over India.
Significance of Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple
- The statue of Lord Hanuman stands majestically at a height of 22 feet, which is carved of a single block of granite, the temple is revered as one of the tallest statues in India.
- Hanuman was said to be concealed underground at this temple in 1740 to protect it from the attack by Tipu Sultan, a ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore.
- There are four musical pillars carved out of a single stone, and which stand at 18 feet (5.5 m) in height; these are an architectural and design highlight of the temple grounds.
- The representation of the three central gods of Hinduism in one linga makes it unique in India.
- The gopuram has been carved with Ramayana and Mahabharatha stories by using herbal ink.
- Goddess Aram Valartha Nayaki, Indra Vinayaka, Kala Bhairava and Saakahi Ganapathy are also enshrined here. Inscriptions believed to date from the 9th century are found in this temple making it more ethnic in its core.
- The dancing hall of this temple contains an additional 1035 pillars filled with wonderful carvings.
Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple Timings
- The Abhiseka for moola lingam takes place at 4:15 a.m.
- Abhiseka for Thanumalayan shrine takes place at 4:15 a.m also.
- The daily pooja takes place at 5:30 a.m.
- Tharai Abhiseka pooja takes place at 6:30 a,m,
- Mistanga pooja takes place 7:15 a.m.
- Ucchikala pooja takes place at 11:00 a.m.
- At 6:30 p.m takes place the Deepa aradhanai, Ahala and Arthama pooja.
Festivals at Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple
- The Avani festival takes place at August.
- The Masi festival takes place at March.
- Marghazi festival being an important one takes place for two months at December and January.
- Chiththirai festival takes place at April.
How to reach Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple
- By air: Thiruvanathapuram International airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 70 km from the temple. Regular flights ply in.
- By rail: Nagercoil junction located at a distance of 3 km from the temple is the nearest station where regular trains are available.
- By road: About 11 km from Kanyakumari and 7 km from Nagarkoil Suchindram lies between these two towns. Busses ply from Thirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Trivandram.
Hotels near Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple
- Pioneer Grand Palace is roughly 7 km from Parakkai Lake and 1 km from Vadasery Bus Stand. The property in Nagercoil is a budget accommodation offering free buffet breakfast and great atmosphere.
- Hotel Reech at 57 Court Road, Nagercoil is another suitable place to check in. It is reviwed to be an excellent clean place.
Places nearby Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple
- The world famous Arulmigu Bhagavathyamman Temple is located nearby.It is an important temple situated near to Nagercoil – colachel State highway in Mandaikadu. During the month of Masi, people from all over India come here to celebrate the famous Kodai vizha festival. Arulmigu Bhagavathyamman Temple is located at the confluence of three seas of India’s South Corner. This temple was constructed before 3000 years by Parasuram and then renovated by one of the kings of Pandya Dynasty. It is believed that Goddess Bhagavathy stood here as a spinster and she killed the demon Banasuran on Vijayadasami, the last day of Navarathiri festival.