Monday, February 09, 2009

Suchindram Temple, Kannyakumari, TamilNadu

Chariot ("Ratha") in front of Suchindram Temple, Kannykumari. I went to this temple on day-2 of my Kannykumari Visit (day-4 of my South Tamilnadu visit: day-1- Chettinad, Day-2: Mandappam, Kurusadai Islands, Dhanushkudi). [My first day at Kannyakumari post is here.]
Suchindram- The presiding deity at Thanumalayan Temple here is a representation of the Hindu Trinity of Siva, Vishnu and Brahma. The temple has a collection of art treasures belonging to various ages. There are inscriptions dating back to the 9th century. Of particular note are the temple tower, musical pillars and the Hanuman Statue.
I went to listen to the musical pillars. It is said the 7 pillars produce tones of different musical instruments when you strike them and put your ears on to them! I heard nothing but metallic sound! God only knows whether I did it rightly. As I keep saying the major problem with this Region is the language.. and though they say english is spoken.. no it is not spoken clearly.. So unless you take a guide you will be lost.. if you want to see all these things and understand, that is. For the story of Suchindram download here.
The gateway to Suchindram Temple Area.
The Temple in white below.

Water tank inside the temple area. Incidentally in South India you are not allowed to take cameras inside the temples and hence no photos! In this temple males also have to remove their uppoer clothes and go bare chested! Do not worry nobody is Salman Khan.. all have larger paunches than you!!

For places to visit at Kannyakumari download this booklet.

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