Devi Kanya Kumari, is Shree Bhagavathy in the form of an adolescent girl child. Devi is also known as Shree Baala Bhadra or Shree Baala. She is popularly known as "Bhagavathy" (DurgaOrParvati) "Devi".
The Bhagavathy Temple is located in Cape Kanya Kumariin Tamil Nadu; the southern tip of main land India, there by located on the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and theIndian Ocean. She is also known by several other names, including Kanya Devi and Devi Kumari. She is also worshiped as Shree Bhadrakali by devotees.
Sage Parashurama is said to have performed the consecration of the temple. The Goddess is believed to be the one who removes the rigidity of our mind, devotees usually feel the tears in their eyes or even inside their mind when they pray to the goddess in devotion and contemplation.
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 Time4:30 am to 12 pm to 4 pm to 8:15 pm
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 51 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.
- Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
- Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
- Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
- Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
- Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
- Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
- Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
- Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
- Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.
- Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
- Do not smoke at Temple.
- Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
- Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
- Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
- Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
- Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
- Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
- Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
- Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
- Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
- Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.