Thanumalayan Swamy Temple

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Overview

The Thanumalayan Temple is of importance to both Shaivaite and Vaishnavite sects of Hinduism, as the name Stanumalaya denotes Trimurtis; "Stanu" means Siva; "Mal" means Vishnu; and the "Aya" means Brahma.


Suchindram is famous for the Thanumalaya temple, it manager temple, which is also called Suchindram Anjaneyar Temple. Known for its sculptures grandeur of the temple has a majestic seven-storey white Gopuram which is visible from very far away. Its 40 m facade is covered by carved sculptures of Hindu dieties.


legend



One of the legends of Suchindram is linked to the chastity of Anasuya, wife of sage Atri. The legend is that the trimurtis appeared before Anasuya that begging Brahmins. When she was on the point of serving their imposed a condition that they only eat if she served in the nu. Through the power of his chastity she converted the three gods in babies and tete. On the plea of godesses Anasuya restores the dieties. In the same place a linga germs which still exists.




Hanuman temple is dedicated to Sri Thanumalayan. The place dedicated to the Trinity is sanctuary which is known under the name of "Thanumalaya".  The name is Thanumalaya originated from the combination of Thirumurties "Siva", "Vishnu" and "Brahma" as. 'Thanu" represents Siva; "evil" represents Vishnu and 'Ayan" represents Brahman i.e. Shiva, Vishnu and Brahman in "a form".  Based on the old belief, at the top, middle and base of the "Linga" is represent as sive, Vishnu and Brama respectively.



There are two major festivals each year; one is in the Tamil month of Markazhi (December/January) and the other is in the Tamil month of Chiththirai (April/May).  During the Markazhi festival, there are car festival on the 9th day; the deities are taken in procession in the streets of the festival three cars.


musical pillars

A fine example of the South Indian temple architechture this temple of Suchindram has a 'Linga' which represents Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma as main Holi. The statue of Hanuman and musical pillars are the main attraction of the temple.

The Hindus consider visiting the temples and offering worship of deities as an important part of their daily lives. The great Vaishnavite saint, Nammazhwar, in his Thiruvoimozhi, said that we should visit various temples before it becomes old. But the reverse is the case today that only old people throng the temples seeking solace in the Lord for their worldly evils. The whole world should be part of its routine daily work, a visit to the local temple and when the weather allows visit temples in other cities. Only then, they will be able to increase the intensity of their devotion, obtain mystic experiences and see God in each thing. To do this, they must get all of the facts relating to different temples are dotted around the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.

The book to the examination is well documented study on the Sthanu-Maal -Ayan temple Suchindram in Kanyakumari district. The holy place, which is 13 km from Kanyakumari, has a very large temple dedicated to the Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. According to tradition, the top, middle and bottom portions of the image in the temple represents Siva (Sthanu), Vishnu (Maal) and Brahma (Ayan) respectively.

The place has obtained the name of Suchindram, according the Sthalapurana, Indra has been relieved of a curse. The term "Suchi" means to purify and the place where Indra was purified has obtained the name of Suchindram. According to the believers, Indra even now the visits of the temple daily to perform "Ardhajama Pooja" in the night.

The temple is an architectural marvel, as he is well known for exquisite in the stone. It has many musical pillars, which were dug at even simple granite blocks and rise to a height of 18 feet.

The Nandi image in the temple, which is 13 feet high, 21 feet long and 10 feet wide, is one of the largest of its kind in the country. It is not an idol of granite but made of lime and mortar and is hailed as "Maakkaalai".  The temple of Prakaram is also very long as those of Rameswaram and Madurai.

The Chennai-ites are pleasantly surprised by the huge image of Anjaneya to Nanganallur, its suburbs, installed in the recent past. But the image Anjaneya in the Suchindram temple is 22 feet high and was made of a single block of granite. He was kept buried during the alien invasion and was reinstalled after nearly two centuries.

Thirumalai Nayak and the Travancore Maharajas, under whose administration the temple is Kanyakumari remains until its merger with the Tamil Nadu, have made many endowments for its maintenance. It is interesting to note that during the reign of Thirunaall Ayilyam Maharajah of Travancore, a lottery was introduced in 1875 A.D. , in order to collect funds for the reconstruction of a portion of the temple and to a sum of more than Rs. 40,000 HAS been achieved.

The book gives this and other interesting details about the temple outside of its Puranic history, architecture, murals, and other functions. It is in effect a variorum of Suchindram temple with its many illustrations and photographs, in both color and black and white.

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Tamil Nadu
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Kanyakumari
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Suchindrum
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latitude : 8.482119560 longitude :76.920097350
Corporation : Trivandrum
GPS Code : VOTV

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