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Sthanumalayaswami Temple


The Sthanumalaya Perumal Temple is situated at Suchindram in Kanyakumari area of Tamil Nadu. This temple is devoted to Trimurthis - Brahma,Vishnu and Shiva. The name Sthanumalaya signifies the blend of the Trimurthis. Sthanu is an equivalent word for Siva, Mal for Vishnu and Ayan for Brahma. It is trusted that the top, center and base of the Linga in the temple speak to Siva, Vishnu and Brahma individually. All the three structures are interwoven and connected structure is known as Dhanumalaiyan. The Idol's stance contains Shivan in the upper zone, Vishnu in the Middle territory and Brahma in the Lower zone.

About the Temple

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The Sthanumalayan Temple is committed to the Trinity is Shrine which is known as 'Thanumalaya'. As the hallowedness of God Indhran occurred here, this spot is known as Suseendram (Susee + Indhran). It is trusted that till date God Indhran is doing Arthajama Pooja in this temple. The individuals who led pooja at night are not permitted to lead pooja in the following day morning. The temple Gopuram must levels. The gopuram has been delineated with Ramayana and Mahabharata stories by utilizing natural juice. Amid Vasanthotsavam, Suseendram Perumal alongside Umayal is put in the mandapam encompassed by water. Having 12 stars and Navagrahas in this mandapam is the claim to fame of this temple. Posterior of Vasantha mandapam, NEelakanda Vinayagar having his wife on the lap adds more strengths to this temple. The Anjaneya or Hanuman statue remains at 22 feet or 3 m and is cut of a solitary rock piece and is one of the tallest statues in India. The temple is a structural wonder known for its nature of workilometresanship in stone. The musical columns cut out of single stone and which remains at 18 feet is a structural pleasure. There are 7 musical columns in the Alangara Mandapam every cut out of single rock, which emanate the hints of different musical instruments when struck. The Nandhi in white shade of 12 feet and 6 inches in tallness makes the aficionados to recollect the Thanjavur Nandhi. The heavenly tree of this temple is Konnai Tree. The trimurties Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are found fit as a fiddle. Anusuya the wife of Saint Athiri made Trimurties as the kids and gave nourishment according to their wish. At that point according to the solicitation of Three devis, the wives of Trimurties, Anusuya gave back the youngsters in their unique structure. All the mandapams have been constructed amid the King's time Nayakar. This temple is the best case for the engineering work of Dravidian craftsmanship. The Hanuman Temple is committed to Sri Thanumalayan. The spot committed to the Trinity is Shrine which is known as 'Thanumalaya'. The name Thanumalaya is originated from the blend of Thirumurties 'Siva', 'Vishnu' and 'Brahma' as. 'Thanu' speaks to Siva; 'Mal' speaks to Vishnu and 'Ayan' speaks to Brahman i.e. Siva, Vishnu and Brahman in 'One Form'. In light of the antiquated conviction, top, center and base of the 'Linga' is speak to as Sive, Vishnu and Brama separately.

About the Deity

The Deity in this temple is exceptionally uncommon because of the fact that it is said to be the indication of God Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma in one single linga. Going to this Linga is said to summon the endowments of every one of the three Gods at the same time.

Legend and Stories

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The spot got the name of Suchindram, as indicated by the Sthalapurana, as Indra was calmed of a condemnation. When Indra was beguiled by Ahalya, the wife of Rishi Gautama. One night he went to the seclusion where Gautama was living and crowed like a chicken demonstrating the methodology of first light. Rishi Gautama believing that sunrise was inescapable got up from his rest and went to the stream for his ablutions preceding starting his requests to God. Understanding that it was excessively dull for sunrise and too soon to morn to break he came back to his cottage. Meanwhile God Indra took the physical appearance of Rishi Gautama, drew closer Ahalya and fulfilled his craving. Rishi Gautama coming back from the stream was maddened when he saw his wife in another man's grip and reviled the man's whole body be secured with 'yoni' (the female organ) and his wife Ahalya to turn into a statue of stone. God Indra so as to dispose of this condemnation went to Njanaranya and implored the Thrimoorthis to free him of this condemnation. When he was freed of his condemnation and changed into his unique structure he assembled a temple and introduced the Lingam to speak to the Thrimoorthis, and the place's name came to be known as Suchi-Indran (the spot where Indran was purified).According to the devotees, Indra even now visits the temple day by day for performing 'Ardhajama Pooja' in the night. As indicated by another legend Sage Athri lived here with his wife Anasuya, who was viewed as a pure lady. At the point when the Thridevis (Goddesses Saraswathy, Lakshmi and Parvathy) heard through Sage Naradha the forces of this natural lady they needed to test her celibacy. They drew closer their spouses Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to test Anasuya's dedication to her spouse. Divine beings Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma went by her once without her spouse to test and demonstrate her modesty to the world. They came as sanyasis asking donations and bade Anasuya to sustain them, yet with no dress. In any case, Anasuya was not perplexed and she simply petitioned her spouse and changed the Gods into three little infants (Shiva as Durvasa, Vishnu as Dattatreya and Brahma as Chandra) and bolstered them. The Goddesses realizing what had happened begged Anasuya to give them back their spouses. Anasuya then petitioned her spouse to restore them back to their unique structure. Thrimurthis and Thridevis acknowledged that Anasuya's popularity as the chastest lady on earth was advocated. Anasuya asked for them to stay there. In this manner the Thrimoorthy came to be spoken to by the Lingam at Suchindram.

The legends about this temple is likewise connected with the Kanayakumari Devi Temple. God Shiva began from this spot to marry Kanyakumari Devi. The marriage was to happen at midnight on a certain favorable day. At the point when Shiva was in the town of Vazhukkamparai [5 km from Suchindarm], Narada accepted the type of a chicken and crowed, dishonestly proclaiming the break of sunrise. Imagining that he had missed the selected hour of his marriage, Shiva came back to Suchindram. The Kanyakumari Devi got to be angery and began retribution and later murdered Banasura.

Rare Fact

One of the not very many sanctuaries where Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma favor the devotees at the same time, this is on account of the primary hallowed place's divinity icon is said to speak to the trinity of Hinduism in a solitary substance.


People approach this temple to pray for unions to be altered, to appeal to God for youngsters, to petition God for long life, to appeal to God for flourishing and to appeal to God for physical and emotional wellness.

Pooja Timings

Abiseka Pooja for Moola lingam – 04.15 AM
Abiseka Pooja for Thanumalayan deity – 04.45 AM
Daily festival Pooja – 05.30 AM
Tharai Abiseka Pooja – 06.30 AM
Mistanga Pooja – 07.00 AM
Uchikkala Pooja, Deepa Aradhanai – 11.00 AM
Deepa Aradhanai, Ahala Pooja & Arthajama Pooja – 06.30 PM


Avani Festival – August
Masi Festival – March
Margazhi Festival – December
Margazhi Festival – January
Chiththirai Festival – April

Prasad & Offering

The devotees offer silk clothes, perform Abishekams (bathing the deity with milk, sandalwood water, rose water, etc.) They offer butter to Lord Hanuman and also garland made of paper bits in which the slogan Sri Ramajayam is written. Wealthy devotees arrange poor feeding and donate liberally for Annadhanam.

Nearby Temple

Bhagavathyamman Temple Kanyakumari
Nagaraja Temple
Bhagavathyamman Temple Mandaikadu
Aadhikesava Perumal Temple
Vellimalai Temple
Arasadi vinayagar Temple
Munnotrinangai saraswathi Temple
Sastha Temple
Thiruvenkada vinnaperumal Temple
Mutharamman Temple
Ayyappan Temple
Valamburi vinayagar temple


The nearest airport to Thanumalayan Temple is Thiruvananthapuram International airport, Thiruvananthapuram which is 70 Km away from Thanumalayan Temple. The nearest railway station to Thanumalayan Temple is Nagercoil Junction which is 3 Km away from Thanumalayan Temple. Suchindram is about 11 km from Kanyakumari and about 7 km from Nagarkoil lying between these two towns. Busses ply from Thirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Trivandram.


Sri Sthanumalayan Temple,
Kanyakumari Dist.


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Fame
  • Freedom from diseases
  • Wealth
  • Courage
  • Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
  • Relief from bondage

Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe

Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.

Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe

Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.

Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe

Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.

Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha

Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.

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