Picturesquely situated overlooking the shore, this temple and
the nearby ghat attract pilgrims from all over India to worship
and to bathe. according to legend, Devi did penance here to secure
siva's hand in marriage. when she was unsuccessful, she vowed to
remain a virgin (kanya). The temple is open daily from 4.30 to 11.45
am and from 5.30 to 8.30 pm, but non-Hindus are not allowed into
the inner sanctrum. Men must remove their shirts, and everyone their
shoes on entering the temple.
Next to the Kumari Amman Temple, this striking memorial stored
the Mahatma's ashes until they were immersed in the sea. It resembles
an Orissan temple and was designed so that on Gandhi's birthday
( 2- October), the sun's rays fall on the place where his ashes
were kept. It's open daily from 7 am to 12.30 pm and 3 to 7 pm.
This memorial is on two rocky islands projecting from the sea
about 400 m offshore. The Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda came
here in 1892 and sat on the rock, meditating, before setting out
as one of India's most important religious crusaders. The mandapam
which stands here in his memory was built in 1970 and reflects architectural
styles from all over India.
This temple, 13 km noth-west of Kanyakumari at suchindram,
is noted for its 'musical' columns and its impressive 3 m tall statue
of Hanuman, the monkey god.