Kumari Amman Temple

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Kumari Amman Temple information

Opening hours
4.30am-12.30pm & 4-8.15pm
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The legends say the kanya (virgin) goddess Kumari, a manifestation of the Great Goddess Devi, single-handedly conquered demons and secured freedom for the world. At this temple at the tip of the subcontinent, pilgrims give her thanks in an intimately spaced, beautifully decorated temple, where the crash of waves from three seas can be heard behind the twilight glow of oil fires clutched in vulva-shaped votive candles (a reference to the sacred femininity of the goddess). You're likely to be asked for a donation to enter the inner precinct, where men must remove their shirts, and cameras are forbidden.

The shoreline around the temple has a couple of tiny, sandy beaches, and bathing ghats where some worshippers immerse themselves before visiting the temple. A mandapa south of the temple is a highly popular spot for sunset-watching and grabbing a bit of daytime shade. A small bazaar of souvenir shops leads back from here to the main road.