Tuesday, 17 February 2015

South Indian Temple Attractions

Kanyakumari is a district and a famed Hindu pilgrimage site positioned at the edge of Indian Peninsula in the Indian state
of Tamil Nadu. Enriched with virgin beaches, gleaming rivers, twisty streams and flamboyant hills combined with the glorious past and the cultural beauty, 

Kanyakumari makes it one of the most exotic destinations of India visited by numerous numbers of travelers, honeymoon couples and holiday makers from across the globe. It has many interesting places to visit apart from the natural magnificence and some of the prime attractions of Kanyakumari are briefly described below.

Padnabhapuram Palace

Positioned 35 km from Kanyakumari, this palace is present at the very centre of this Fort amidst the hills, dales, and rivers stretching in a vast area of 187 acres. It is one of the top 10 palaces of globe and the major thing about this place is that it is constructed completely only with wood and not with any other material. 

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

It is a holy memorial constructed in honor of spiritual guru Swamy Vivekananda. It is said that he swam to the rock and meditate there and attained enlightenment on the rock. Since ancient time, the rock is considered to be sacred and is also referred as “Shripada Parai”, the holy rock that is blessed by the touch of feet of Devi Kumari. Vivekananda Mandapam and Shripada Mandapam are the two chief constitutions on the monument. 

Kumari Amman Temple

Located on the shore and dedicated to a materialization of goddess Parvati (she perform her penance to marry Lord Shiva as her husband in this place), it was built by Pandya Kings in 8th century and was modernized expansively by Chola, Vijaynagar and Nayaka rulers in their times. The diamond nose ring of goddess can be seen from the sea. Inside, there is 18th century shrine with footprints of goddess along with shrines of Balasundari and Vijayasundari (friends of goddess). 11 theerthams in the ocean related with the temple bounds this place. It is not open for non-Hindus. 

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial

Constructed in 2nd October of 1956, it is the place where the ruins of Mahatma Gandhi were kept before immersion and is designed in such a way that the first rays of the sun fall unswervingly on the place where his leftovers were kept. The central dome is 79 feet high representing the age of India’s father of Nation. One can also visit a library here which has a wide compilation of history and philosophy books. 

Our Lady of Ransom Church

Established in 15th century it was constructed with thatch roof but now it resembles a Gothic architecture with the sea forming an outstanding backdrop to this masterpiece. It is the first of its kind in Kanyakumari. 

Thiruvalluvar Statue

With a height of 133 feet height, it is one of the greatest architectural geniuses dedicated to Poet Thiruvalluvar of Tamil Nadu. The 38 feet height of pedestal signifies the 38 chapters in the Book of Aram in Thirukural and the statue of 95 feet symbolizes the total chapters of 70 chapters in Porul and 25 chapters in Inbam. 

Kamarajar Manimandapam

Dedicated to Late. Shri Kamarajar who was the freedom fighter cum former chief minister of Tamil Nadu cum President of Indian National Congress, it is a monument which was constructed for keeping his ashes for public to pay homage before immersing it in to the sea. 

Sunrise and Sunset

The majestic sunrise can be seen all round the year at Bay of Bengal and the captivating sun dawn can be relished form the View Tower all the year except in the months of June, July and August when it is not opened for tourists. 

Apart from these places one can also visit varied other attractive destinations in Kanyakumari which include; Udayagiri Fort, Mathoor Hanging Bridge, Vattakottai (Circular Fort), Bay Watch (amusement park), Courtallam Falls, Pechiparai Reservoir etc. and many others which are worth visiting. 

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