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Narayani Shaktipeeth of  Suchindram is one of the 51 important Shakti Peethas in Tamil Nadu, India, and is located in the southernmost district of Kanyakumari. It is around 11 kilometres from Kanyakumari City and approximately 7 kilometres from Nagarkoil. Suchindram Shakti Peetha is a holy location dedicated to the heavenly force “Goddess Durga” and worshipped as “Maa Narayani.” Devi Sati’s “upper teeth” are said to have fallen here.

The temple is named after Sri Sthanumalayan. The term refers to Siva, Vishnu, and Brahma. Sthanu signifies Siva, Mal Vishnu, and Ayan Brahma, which means Siva, Vishnu, and Brahma in “One Form.” Suchindrum is the location where Indra achieved “Suchi” (Purification).

Story Behind Narayani Shaktipeeth

The goddess of Dakshayani, Sati, Parvati, or Durga—Hinduism’s most important woman and most powerful deity—is called Shakti. Durga Devi, Mahakali, and Gowri are the three main manifestations of Shakti, the power goddess. She is Adi Shakti’s avatar.

Sati was the Prajapati Daksha’s daughter, and she married Lord Shiva despite Her father’s wishes. Prajapati Daksha once put together a massive yagya, but he didn’t call his daughter and son-in-law. Sati was very saddened by Her father’s actions. When she got there, her father ignored the Sati and insulted her. She could not bear the insult of his husband (Lord Shiva) and she jumped into the fire of Yagya and committed suicide. She passed away, but her body didn’t burn. Lord Shiva had taken His Virabhadra Rupa out of rage. Daksha’s head was cut off by him, but in the end, He forgave him by bringing him back to life.

lord shiva with sati body

Lord Shiva, devastated, had taken Sati’s body and wandered the universe. Finally, Lord Vishnu used His Chakra to break Sati’s body into pieces. Each body part transformed into Shakti Pitha. The temple had emerged where the body part had fallen to the ground. In order to safeguard the Shakti Pitha, Lord Shiva created 51 Bhairava for each one.

This Narayani Shaktipeeth is one of Mother’s 51 Shaktipeeths. In this Narayani Shaktipeeth temple, Shakti is worshipped as Narayani, and Bhairav is worshipped as a Bhairav slaughter. Sati’s ‘Upper Teeth’ was one among the 51 components that dropped to this location.

History of Narayani Shaktipeeth

Suchindrum is the location where Indra achieved “Suchi” (Purification). According to the Sthalapurana, Indra was cursed by sage Gowthama for secretly casting passionate eyes at Ahalya, Gowthama’s wife. Not able to bear the humiliation brought on by the curse. Indra had no choice but to seek speedy redemption. He came to ‘Gnana Aranya,’ as it was then known, and worshipped Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva granted Indra’s demand that the location where he reached purity be renamed ‘Suchindrum’ after removing his curse.

Narayani Shaktipeeth Suchindram

 

The architecture of Narayani Shaktipeeth

The Narayani Shaktipeeth Temple has seven storages and white gopurams visible from afar. This temple was constructed in the 17th century. Suchindram Shaktipeeth is well-known for the temple’s idols of Hindu Goddesses and Gods. The temple’s entryway is approximately 24 feet high, with magnificent sculptures on the door. This temple is popular among Shaivaite and Vaishnavite devotees.

Narayani Shaktipeeth of Suchindram

On the temple grounds, there are over 30 temples for various deities, including the large lingam in the holy place, the statue of Vishnu in the next temple, and a massive statue of Hanuman on the eastern end of the North Corridor. This temple represents practically all of Hinduism’s Goddesses and Gods.

Facts about Narayani Shaktipeeth

  • Suchindram is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in Tamil Nadu, India, and is located in the southernmost district of Kanyakumari. This is where the upper teeth of Maa Sati are said to have fallen.
  • The idols are Devi Maa as “Maa Narayani” (wife of Narayan) and Lord Shiva as “Sangharor Samhara” (the destroyer).
  • This Narayani Shaktipeeth temple is dedicated to Sri Sthanumalayan who is the representation of the combined forces of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
  • It is said that Thanumalaya Swamy temple (Narayani Shaktipeeth) is the only shrine dedicated to the Trinity in India.
  • The present structure of the temple is the work of a number of persons spread over a number of centuries.
  • According to historical legends, Lord Indra, the king of all deities, was liberated from the curse given by Maharishi Gautama at this place.
  • The sanctum houses the large lingam. Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva reside in the main temple in the same form known as Stanumalaya, which depicts three deities in the same form. ‘Stanu’ means ‘Shiva,’ ‘Mal’ means ‘Vishnu,’ and ‘Ayan’ means ‘Brahma.’
  • All the festivals are celebrated in Suchindram Shaktipeeth, specially organized on special festivals of Shivratri, Durga Puja and Navaratri.
  • The spiritual atmosphere of the temple provides peace to the hearts and minds of the devotees.

Festivals In Narayani Shaktipeeth

  • Durga Puja. (Winter) – Devotees celebrate Navaratri at this temple in the month of Ashwin (Sep-Oct).
  • Navaratri. (Summer) – They celebrate other Navaratri in the fortnight of the Chaitra (March-April). Every nine days they worship Navadurga (nine Durgas).
  • Diwali – Diwali is one of the most admired and auspicious festivals in the town.
  • Mahashivratri– A grand fair is organized at the temple during the occasion of Maha Shivratri.
  • Suchindram Margazhi festival’ and ‘Rath Yatra‘, are the centre of the main attraction of this temple.

How to Reach Narayani Shaktipeeth

Suchindram is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and is placed in the southernmost district of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, India.

By Air: Trivandrum International Airport is 90.6 km away from the temple. Buses and taxes are readily available to reach the temple.

By Railway: Kanyakumari railway station is the nearest one to reach the Suchindram temple, which is around 3.2 km away from Narayani Shakti Peeth.

By Roadways: Suchindram is well-connected by road, with numerous government and private buses operating to and from the town. To go to the temple, take a bus from nearby cities like Kanyakumari, Trivandrum, or Tirunelveli.

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Address: Suchindram Shree Thanumalayan Swamy Temple, North Car Street, Vivekananda Junction, Suchindram, Tamil Nadu, India
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Address: Suchindram Shree Thanumalayan Swamy Temple, North Car Street, Vivekananda Junction, Suchindram, Tamil Nadu, India