Friday, August 14, 2020

Do you know how the place 'Kanyakumari' got its name?

Do you know how the place 'Kanyakumari' got its name?  Know the secret behind it.
It is said that God is omnipotent and he can fulfill every desire of human being.  But when God comes on earth, sometimes for human welfare he has to give up his desires too. The temple of Kanyakumari shows this divinity and greatness of God.  The temple of Kanyakumari is associated with the unfinished desire of Mother Bhagwati and the story of her remaining unmarried. 
The city of Kanyakumari, which is located in the southern most part of India, is known for its more than 3000  years old Kanyakumari temple.  This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kanya, which is a form of Mother Parvati.  This temple is also known as Kumari Amman Temple.
Kanyakumari Temple is a small temple dedicated to Goddess Kanyakumari.  It is situated on the seashore of Kanyakumari.  The temple is ancient and described in Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Sangam, Manimekkalai and Purananuru.  The statue of Kanyakumari was installed and worshiped by Parashurama.
Kanyakumari is a city on the south coast in Tamil Nadu, India.  A place where the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea meet.  Kanyakumari has been a symbol of art, culture and civilization.  Kanyakumari is an excellent place for travelers to visit.  The view of the sunrise and sunset here is amidst the huge waves of the sea stretching far and wide are amazing .  The colorful sand on the beach adds to its beauty.
Kanyakumari is one of the most beautiful places in India.  But do you know why this place was named Kanyakumari?  So let's know the secret of the name of this place.
Kumari Amman Temple or Kanyakumari Temple is located in Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu.  If you ever go to visit Kanyakumari, here is one place that you should definitely see is Kumari Amman Temple, also known as Kanyakumari Temple.  Many people from India come to do pilgrimage and visit Kumari Amman Temple.  This magnificent temple situated along the coastline is one of the most sacred temples in the world.  Kumari Amman Temple is considered as one of the 51 Shaktipeeths, the temple is home to the goddess Kanya Kumari, known as the Virgin Goddess.  More than 3000 years old, this temple has not only religious but also historical significance.  Kumari Amman Temple or Kanyakumari Temple is situated on the seashore and is known for being the incarnation of Parvati, the virgin goddess who committed self-immolation to marry Lord Shiva.  According to the legends, Lord Shiva and Goddess Kanyakumari were not married, so Kanyakumari decided to remain a virgin.  It is also said that the grain that was collected for the wedding was left uncooked and turned into stones.  In the present day, tourists can buy stones that look like grains.  The temple was established by the Pandya emperors in the eighth century and was later rebuilt by the Vijayanagara, Chola and Nayaka kings.
Goddess Kanya Kumari is Goddess Sri Bhagwati as a teenage girl.  The Goddess is also known as Shri Bala Bhadra or Shri Bala.  She is popularly known as "Shakti" (Durga or Parvati) "Goddess".  Kanyakumari Temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths.
The principal goddess of Kanyakumari temple is Kumari Amman, also known as Bhagwati Amman.  The attractive idol of Goddess Kanya Kumari is characterized by the nose ring of the goddess.  There are many popular stories related to the glow of the nose ring.  According to legend, the nose ring was obtained from King Cobra.  It is also said that some ships sailing in the sea perceived the glow of nose ring ​​as light and were wrecked as they hit nearby rocks.  For this reason, the gates on the eastern side of the Kumari Amman temple are kept closed.
Goddess Kumari was the Kuldevi of the Pandya kings.  According to mythology, the goddess of power was born to end the Vanasura.  When the religion began to be destroyed by the atrocities of Vanasasura, all the gods reached the shelter of Lord Vishnu.  He told the gods that only the goddess Parashakti can end that asura. Lord Vishnu told that Vayanasura has got such a boon that no one can kill him.  But he did not ask for the boon that a virgin girl could not kill him.  The Gods pleased the Parashakti with their tenacity and also took the promise of liberation from Vansura.  The goddess then incarnated as a girl.  Since then it is said that this city was got named Kanyakumari. 
In the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India, an incident occurred centuries ago near the coast, whose story is engraved in the hearts of the people and even today people from abroad are told here.  This is the story of a girl who was waiting for her groom to make up for marriage.  But some such incident happened that the groom returned from the path and the bride remained a virgin forever and started saying 'Kanya-Kumari'.  According to the legend of Goddess Kanya-Kumari, the Goddess had the power to kill demons and prevent the sea from taking over the earth.  But this power remains with her as long as she remains unmarried.  But Devi had a strong desire to marry Lord Shiva and persuaded Lord Shiva to marry her.
All the gods wanted to get rid of the demon, but no one was able to kill it.  Because this Asura had a boon from Lord Shiva that he would die only at the hands of a 'virgin girl'.

Such a story is described in Shiv Puran

According to a famous legend described in Shivpuran, at one time a demon (Asura) named Banasuran had victimized the gods. Actually, he had taken a boon from Shiva by doing austerities that he died only of a 'virgin girl'.  It would be possible only with her hands .. He felt that no girl could be so powerful as to slaughter him. 

At the same time, when the outbreak caused panic in all the three worlds, a girl was born with a fraction of Adi Shakti to kill him.  It is said that this girl was born in the house of the then King Bharata who ruled India.  The king had eight sons and this was the only daughter, the king named his daughter 'Kumari' and divided his entire kingdom into nine parts and gave the southern part to the daughter Kumari.  Kumari is also considered as an incarnation of Shakti. 

At the same time, when 'Kumari' grew up, she fell in love with Lord Shiva and started a severe penance to get Shiva.  Pleased with this, Lord Shiva promised her marriage.  After this, the preparations for the marriage of Shivji and 'Kumari' started .. Shivaji even got out of Kailash after taking the procession but in the meantime when Narada came to know that the girl who was born to kill Banasuran, then why Shivji going to get marry this girl, Narada told this thing to the gods. 

Listening to Narada, all the gods together planned to stop this marriage.  In fact, Lord Shiva took out a procession from Kailash in the middle of the night to reach the southern end at the time of marriage in the morning.  But before the procession reached the entrance of the girl's home in before morning, the deities tricked the produced cock's sound into the darkness of the night, causing Shivji to be confused that he could not reach the girl's house at the right muhurta and then he returned the procession towards Kailash.  Returned .. due to which this marriage could not be done.

At the same time, when Asura Banasuran came to know about the beauty of 'Kumari', he sent a marriage proposal to 'Kumari' . In full of anger, 'Kumari' challenged Banasura to fight the war and said that  "If I lost in war , then I will marry you.  But 'Kumari' was born to kill Banasuran, Banasuran was killed when there was a fierce battle between the two.  But at the same time, 'Kumari' remained a virgin forever.  According to this legend, for this reason, the southern end was named Kanyakumari.  Because of this war and deception of the gods, Shiva could not marry Kumari and later she also gave up her desire to marry Shiva.

It is religious belief that the preparations made for this marriage were all turned into sand and thus the place was called Kanyakumari.  There is a temple of Kumari Devi on the coast today, where Goddess Parvati is worshiped as a girl.

According to another legend,  Narada and Lord Parashurama requested the goddess to remain on earth till the end of Kali Yuga.  Lord Parashuram later built a temple on the sea shore, he then installed the idol of Goddess Kanya Kumari.  There is another holy place near the temple, also known as Vivekananda Rock Memorial.  Footprints of the goddess can be seen on the rock. 

Due to this temple, Kanyakumari city has special spiritual significance among Hindus.  This temple of Kanyakumari is also one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and it is believed that the backbone of Mother Sati fell here.  For this reason, it is said that awakening of the Kundalini Shakti takes place at this holy place.

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