Kanyakumari is a city in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. This city given this name from the Goddess Kanya Kumari Devi Temple – Kanyakumari Temple in this area. It is the largest southern island of peninsular India. Kanyakumari is a city at the confluence of three seas.
History of Kumari Devi Temple or Kanyakumari Temple
This pilgrim center derives its name from Kumari Devi Kanyakumari, to whom the temple dedicated. According to a legend, the demon Banasur given a blessing by Lord Shiva that he would die only at the hands of a virgin girl. King Bharata was the ruler of India at that time and had one son and eight daughters.
King Bharat divided his kingdom into nine parts equally among his children, then the southern part given to his daughter Kumari. Kumari believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Devi Kumari ruled well the part of South India.
Kumari wanted to marry Lord Shiva, for that she also did a lot of worship, penance and once Lord Shiva pleased and agreed to marry Kumari and the preparations for the marriage also started.
But Narad Muni said that the demon Banasura should be killed by Kumari, due to which they could not get married.
After some time Banasur came to know about Kumari’s beauty and approached her with a marriage proposal, but Kumari made a condition that if he defeated her in the battle, she would marry Banasur. But in that war, the demon Banasura killed at the hands of Kumari. This place in South India is called Kanyakumari after the name of Rani Kumari.
The Kumari Devi Temple
This place is a very ancient place of Maa Bhagwati. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, the idol of Mother Bhagwati is towards the east. Mother has a garland in her right hand and her left hand on her thigh. The neck decorated with pearl necklaces. The nose flower made of a unique diamond whose rays of light dazzle the devotees. A beautiful crown adorned on the head. To the southwest of the idol are the idols of Indrakantha Vinayak, the Sun God. There is a flag pillar outside the hall. Balasundari established on the north side.