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Thanumalaya Temple

Thanumalaya Temple, popularly referred to as the Suchindram Temple, is an ancient shrine in Suchindram, about 12 km from Kanyakumari. Trimurti – the combined force of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma – in the form of a ling is the presiding deity here.

The shrine is believed to have been erected over a period spanning approximately 600 years. Built of stone, the shrine is noted for its architectural splendor in Dravidian style. Noteworthy among the features are a beautiful gopuram of 130 ft high and inscriptions dating back to the 9th century.

Thanumalaya Temple is a treasure trove of sculpture, prominent being an imposing 3 m tall image of Lord Hanuman, gigantic statue of Nandi, the image depicting the scene of Geethopathesa (Bhagavad Gita), and the sculpture of Vinayaki – the female form of Lord Vinayak(Lord Ganesh). Musical pillars add to the charm of the temple. The temple is open from 03:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs and 16:00 hrs to 20:00 hrs.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Kanyakumari
Location: Suchindram

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