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“Sthanumalaya Temple”

Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil
Ranked #5 of 41 things to do in Kanyakumari
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Sthanumalaya Temple”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Worth every rupie the preist who will guide you asks for ! One of the most amazing peices of Architecture I have seen any where - sorry photos inside are strictly not permitted - your camera is held in safe keeping for a fee (10 rupie) before you go in.
We were able to strike with the side of our hands the carved stone instrument and listen to the wonderfull musical sounds that resonate back through the stone pillars ( this is perhaps absolutely unique to the world) Also noted the large skin growths (like false underskin inserts) on the priests shoulders from years of carring the shrines at festivals on bamboo poles - it is in its self, an amazing body adaption not normally ever seen in the modern world. This is a real working temple and it is a privilage as a vistor to be allowed into it and their spritural world - it helps one understand the very deep sense of faith these people hold and how it follows and guides them into every day life

Visited September 2012
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“Huge temple complex”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

The temple has a huge 134 feet high Gopura and has number of small deities. Huge pillars made of single stone is another attraction. There are pillars with musical notations. At the beginning you can see Dakshina moorthy, then proceed to see other temples . The three deities Bramha,Vishnu and Maheshwara are worshipped here. There is a 200 year old tree behind this thrimoorthy idol.The trunk has been plated to preserve it from decaying. There is nandi,Shiva,Navagraha and Vishnu temple.
There is a temple of Lady Ganapathi called as Ganeshwari which is not seen elsewhere.
The main attraction is the 18 feet Hanumaan, the Anjaneya who has his tail on his head. Very huge and nice statue, supposed to answer all your prayers. Opposite to this Sattute there is Rama and Seetha temple,
There is Bramha,Vishnu and maheshwara made in one single Stone.
You can see Ganesha temple and take a walk around the pillared halls and enjoy the engineering marvel.
Photography not allowed. Shirts not allowed.
Enjoy the lake also.

Visited June 2012
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“Shame the priest demanded payment..”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

As we were a group of women we didn't think that we would be able to go in.While looking at it for outside a priest invited us in,the building is amazing ,I loved the tranquility.towards the end the visit the priest demanded payment we would have given a donation to the temple This spoilt our visit.!!!!!

Visited October 2011
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madurai
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“Suchindram Temple .. An embodiment of Saivism and Vaishnavism”
Reviewed May 26, 2012

Suchindram temple , the grandeur with the magestic temple pond and towering temple tower greet devoties. This temple has siva and vishnu shrines. The most popular is Anjaneya who stands proudly. Lord anjaneya blesses its devotees with his benevolence. The temple architecture is very intricate especially the musical pillars. Decades back we had the oppertunity to hear the musical tones. Now the structure is protected with enclosures.

Visited February 2012
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“Suchindram temple”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

You can go and come back with the base at Kanyakumari.it is about 13 km distant.Be ready to remove your shirt and banyan before entering the temple,if you are a male.
The name Stanumalaya denotes trimurtis; "Stanu" means Siva; "Mal" means Vishnu; and the "Aya" means Brahma.

Some of the contstruction dates back as far as the ninth or tenth century, others from the fifteenth century, and a huge seven-storey pyramidal gopura was erected during the sixteenth century.

The place got the name of Suchindrum from the Sthala Purana. Hindu Mythological legend has it that king of devas, Indra got relieved of a curse at the place of the main linga in the temple. The term "Suchi" in Suchindrum is believed to have derived from the Sanskrit meaning that stands for "purify". Accordingly Lord Indra is supposed to visit the temple for performing "Ardhajama Pooja", or Worship, at midnight every day.
There is an Anjaneya, (or Hanuman), statue which stands at 22 feet (6.7 m) and is carved of a single granite block. It is one of the tallest statues of its type in India
Please visit this temple without fail,when you visit Kanyakumari

Visited March 2012
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