General Information about
most Land tip of India
Kanyakumari (also spelt as Kanniyakumari) district is bounded by
Tirunelveli district in the north and northeast, by Kerala state
in the northwest and confluence of Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean
in the west and south. The coastline is almost regular except
for some points of land projecting into the sea at Cape Comorin.
Kanyakumari is the district headquarters of the district of the
Kannyakumari has been named after the Goddess Kannyakumari Amman
who is the popular deity of the area. Legend has it that the
Goddess Parvati in one of her incarnations as Devi Kanniya did
penance on one of the rocks of this land's end to obtain the
hand of Lord Shiva.
The City Of Kanyakumari
At the southern most land tip of India, where the Arabian Sea,
the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, lies Kannyakumari,
an important pilgrim centre. Kannyakumari is famous for its
beach and the spectacular sunrises and sunsets, especially on
full moon days. Kanyakumari is also famous for its vast green
stretches of paddy fields, rich forests, coconut groves and
The Kanyakumari beach is a beautiful sight with multi-coloured
sand. The beach here does not really offer one the opportunity
to sunbathe on soft golden sands, or to frolic in the waves
either. The seashore is rocky and dangerous, and there is a
manmade wall running along it. People are warned to stay off the
rocks, and when if someone ventures out of bounds, he or she is
quickly and severely reprimanded by a watchful policeman. There
is a lighthouse from where one can get a panoramic view.
The sea is fairly rough, so it is entertaining to watch it beat
itself against the rocks and then subside, before it gathers
itself up for another attack. With long stretches of sands of
many hues, the beach offers a welcome change. A variety of
shells are on sale on the Kanyakumari beach.
The History Of Kanyakumari
Kanniyakumari district, once known as "The Granary of Travancore"
lies at the southwestern part of Indian peninsula. It was in
Travancore for a long time and then merged with Tamil Nadu in
1956 under the State Linguistic Reorganisation Act.
Pilgrim Rites Performed
Pilgrimage rites include bathing at Pitru and Matru Tirtha, two
rocks over which a monument honouring Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu
religious leader, was built in 1970.
Prime Attractions of Kanyakumari
Temple Of Goddess Bhagavathi
in India are more picturesquely located than that of Goddess Bhagavathi
in Kannyakumari. It stands near where three oceans meet: the Indian
Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.
In its early form the temple seems to have been built by the first
Pandyas. The Nayaks expanded it later. There are three Prakaras. The
image of the Goddess in the sanctum is marvelous in its serenity and
beneficence. She carries a necklace in Her right hand. The eastern gate,
facing the Bay of Bengal is opened only five times a year.
Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial
evening of December 25, 1892, Swami Vivekananda who had come to
Kannyakumari on pilgrimage swam to the rock and spent the whole night
there in deep meditation. He then resolved to decide himself to the
service of the Motherland and to spread the message of Vedanta. Next
year he attended the Parliament of Religions in Chicago, an event of
seminal importance in the modern history of Hinduism. To commemorate his
visit to the rock a superb memorial has been erected. It attracts
thousands of visitors.
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