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Suchindram Travel Guide
Suchindram is on the banks of the Pazhayar River, it is a pilgrimage town in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu. Suchindram is 12 km north-west of Kanyakumari and 7 km south-east of Nagercoil, This place is also known as Sodhana Teertha. Tanumalayan Koil is another name attributed to Suchindram.
The only shrine dedicated to Trinity is Thanumalaya's at Suchindram. The name Thanumalayan denotes the combination of the Trimurti. Sthanu is a synonym for Siva, Mal for Vishnu, and Ayan for Brahma. It is believed that the top, middle and base of the Linga in the temple represent Siva, Vishnu, and Brahma, respectively. The Suchindram temple stands for the purification of Indra. It is believed that Indra was purified of his sins for his misbehavior towards Ahalya. The purification happened by thrusting his hands into the boiling ghee.
Mazhgazhi Utsava, (December-January) and Chithirai Utsava (April-May) and the Avani Utsava are the three major Utsavas conducted here.
Suchindram bears the imprint of various kingdoms. The prime attraction here is the Thanumalaya Swamy Temple - a shrine dedicated to Trimurti built in Dravidian style. The temple here is noted for its exquisite workmanship in stone. It is a treasure house of sculptures. The musical pillars are very impressive and some of the sculptures in the temple like Vigneshwari, the female form of Vinayaka and the scene of Geethopathesa to Parthasarathi in the form of Trinity are rarely to be found elsewhere. Carved exquisitely out of a single block of granite, the imposing figure of Anjaneya, 18 feet height, is a product of marvelous sculptural skill. The huge image of Nandhi locally known as "Makkalai" made of chalk powder is considered one of the biggest in India.
How to reach Suchindram?
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport in Kerala, which is 85 km away.
Nearest Railhead: Suchindram Railway Station is on the Kanyakumari - Nagercoil rail route.
Road: Regular bus services are available from Chennai, Trivandrum, and all other major cities.
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