Bhagavathy Amman Temple in Kanyakumari

It is believed that Devi Kanya Kumari blesses devotees who visit her temple.

It is believed that Devi Kanya Kumari blesses devotees who visit her temple. | Photo credit: Raji.srinivas/wikimedia

Bhagavathy Amman Temple Overview

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Bhagavathy Amman Temple is a sacred shrine, located on Sannathy Street in Kanyakumari. It is also known as Kanyakumari Devi Temple, wherein ‘Kanya’ stands for ‘Virgin’ and ‘Kumari’ means ‘girl’. The Hindu goddess residing in this religious edifice is endearingly known as Shree Bhagavathy (Durga); hence, the name - Bhagavathy Amman. Believed to have been consecrated by sage Parasurama, this temple is among the 108 revered Shakti Peethas of the world.

According to one of the many legends associated with the origin of this temple, this peetham was formed by the falling of the spine of Goddess Sati Devi's body, when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered throughout Aryavartha in sorrow. Another legend suggests that once a demon king Banasura worshipped Lord Shiva and received a blessing that he could only be killed by a virgin. Thereafter, he became the emperor of the three worlds and caused agony to devas, sages and saints. As a retort to his evils, devas worshipped goddess Parvati or Sati who then appeared as a young virgin girl (Kanya Kumari) to vanquish the demon. One day Banasura tried to woo the Devi to marry him. The goddess denied and got into a fierce battle with him, demolishing the demon king at Kanyakumari - as a punishment to his wrong deeds.

Sage Parasurama built a shrine of Devi Kanya Kumari and installed Her beautiful idol in the temple. The name of this shrine has been mentioned in Hindu epics - Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that the goddess bestows peace of mind and spiritual energy to devotees who pray here.

  • Opening Closing Time 4:30 am to 12 pm
    4 pm to 8:15 pm

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Sannathy Street, Kanyakumari, 629702, Tamil Nadu