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“All hindus should visit”

Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil
Ranked #5 of 41 things to do in Kanyakumari
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Trivandrum
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“All hindus should visit”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

This sucheendaram temple is situated on the way to kanyakumari,which is a tourist attractive place.This shrine is believed to be worshiped by Devandra ,the king of heaven. it is4kms away from nagercoil town.The main deity in the temple is Lord Thanumalayan who is a combination of Lord shiva,Lord vishnu and Lord Bramha.

Visited January 2013
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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“Suchindram - must visit, but beware of the priests”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Suchindram is a small temple town between Kanyakumari and Nagercoil, around 10Kms from KKumari. One will be impressed by the sheer architectural marvel of the temple. The main idol depicts the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara and is is situated beneath a tree. You have the idol of Nandi made of shells, around 18 ft tall idol of Hanuman (which in fact is the most famous and worshipped God in this temple), Lord Vishnu idol as well. We were fortunate enough to witness the decoration of Hanuman idol using butter. We got the help of a guide (in fact right at the entrance itself this person joined us and started explaining the history of the temple, he easily understood we are tourists) and got insights into each idol and the history & mythological story behind them. It was interesting and I would suggest any first timer to avail this service. Temple interiors itself will evoke a sense of spirituality in one. The spoilsport here are the priests themselves who will force you to buy garlands, ghee lamps, scented water at exorbitant rates. They literally try to influence your religious beliefs in making to buy these stuff by giving big sermons. They wont allow you to concentrate & even go to the extent of blocking your way until you buy some pooja stuff. This is very irritating and frustrating and in one instance I had to shout at one of them wherein he was trying to thrust a pot of scented water as an offering to the Hanuman idol. He was quoting a price of 1000/- and his behavior was nowhere close to what you would expect in a priest, but a beggar or street smart guy!! Well you need to literally ignore these guys vehemently not only in this temple but in almost all famous temples in Tamilnadu. But to summarize nothing can dampen the architectural marvel of this temple that includes a small section with pillars which actually produce all the 7 sounds of carnatic music and an other section with produces sounds of various musical instruments, simply outstanding.. Definitely worth the visit.

Visited September 2013
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Danbury, Essex, UK
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“excellent visit”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

be prepared to remove the shirts (men) and footwear. Better to get a guide who will just come and join you as you enter knowing that you are a tourist. We were fortunate to have a guy called Shankar who was excellent, who guided us and explained in understandable english about the significance. He was able to allow us to spend time near the famous deity's staute which was a very blessed experience. He asked for Rs 300 and we thought he was worth that for the very informative guide as well as his skills at the musical pillars. No photographs are allowed inside the temlle which is a shame. My children enjoyed it and my elderly father loved it

Visited August 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“Thanumalaya swami temple.”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

The small town on the highway between NAgercoil and kanyakumari tucked in the middle of this small town is the temple of Thanumalayan. an embodiment of the holy trinity in one Idol. the tree temple and the Tall Hanuman with upturned tail make for interesting viewing. The Nandi is huge and made of limestone and ground sea shells. the Navaghas here are on the roof and the rashis adjoining them are very impressive and uinique. The large temple praharam where you circum-ambulate has many wooden granaries, and strong rooms , which perhaps one day held the valuables and the foodgrain for the poojas. ensure you know something or you will be made to do rituals that you may not even want.. the sculpture is of a high order .

Visited September 2013
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Athens, Greece
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“Remarkably beautiful”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This temple is very beautiful and is very well designed with minute attention to detail. There are countless samples of high quality ancient Indian art and stories to go with each one of them.

Only irritant is that you can't take camera inside, but otherwise it's a must visit place in Kanyakumari

Visited July 2013
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