Sthanumalayan Temple, Suchindram, Kanyakumari
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Sthanumalayan Temple, Suchindram

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Sri Sthanumalayan Temple, also known as Arulmigu Thanumaliya Perumal Temple, is an ancient temple where the Trinity is worshipped in the same sanctum sanctorum. The sanctum of this temple has a linga which represents the Trinity.

It is the only shrine in India where the Trinity is worshipped in one idol. The name of the deity itself stands for the Trinity - Sthanu for Lord Shiva, Mal for Lord Vishnu and Ayan for Lord Brahma.

The temple is located in Suchindram, which is a popular pilgrimage destination in South India. Suchindram is situated at a distance of about 11 km from Kanyakumari and 7 km from Nagercoil, on the banks of River Pazhayar. The temple town of Suchindram is the abode of many temples and the most famous among them is Sri Sthanumalayan Temple or Thanumalayan Temple.

The historic aspect of the temple is evident from the ancient Dravidian style of temple architecture.  There are different structures within the temple that point to the fact that the temple was renovated many times by many rulers over the centuries.

As per legend, Suchindram was once known by the name ‘Gnana Aranya’. It was here that Devi Ahalya was given a test of chastity by the Trinity. According to legends, Indra worshipped Lord Shiva at Gnana Aranya to get relief from the curse of Sage Gowthama. When Indra was purified of his sins by Lord Shiva, the place came to be known as ‘Suchindram’.

Sri Sthanumalayan Temple of Suchindram is a pilgrimage destination that attracts both Shaivaites and Vaishnavites. There are a lot of shrines and mandapams inside the temple complex which are dedicated to different deities.

Sri Sthanumalayan Temple is also known for its architectural splendour. The 'Alankara mandapam' of the temple is known for its 18 feet high musical pillars which were carved out of single rock.  

This temple is also home to some rare sculptures like Vigneshwari (the female form of Vinayaka), Makkalai (Nandi), Anjaneya, etc. There is also an image of a scene from Maha-Bhagavatha where Geethopathesa is imparted to Parthasarathi by Lord Krishna who is in the magnificent form of Trinity.

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Amit Kumar

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  • Amit Kumar
  • Lives in Nawada
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"Very beautiful temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
At Suchindram, you will find Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh together. Approx 13 or 14 Kms from Kanyakumari, the Temple is an attraction of tourists. It is believed that lord Shiva stayed here before marriage to maan Parvati. There is also a very long statue of Hanumanji inside the Temple premises. It is made of a single stone. Very beautiful Temple with old elegant sculpture.
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Kiran Bavimani

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"Unique deities, great architecture and sculpture but beware of few priest thugs"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 6, 2015
This is an ancient temple on 3 acres. The ganesh is special here and Anjaneya Deity has a special importance too. The main deity is a Combi of Brahma Vishnu and Maheshwara. The architecture and sculpture are mesmerising and the darshan of the main deity pacifies our spiritual instincts.

The temple, huge as it, you will not be left alone a moment by the staff to be on your own. Right from the entrance to exit, they start pitching for different poojas, offering quoting some special occasion (coinciding with our rashi) and a lucky day not to be missed. Their idea of lightening you purse gives a feeling of running away from this temple. Worst temple staff who look like gangs of Pandits ready to intimidate and loot you near every deity.

However, we negotiated for a small fee for a full 30 mts detailed tour + pooja.
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Srinivas

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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
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"The best place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 3, 2015
The best place to visit. The temple authorities will supply prasad at reasonable price which is hygienic and tasty. They have made elaborate arrangement of good water to drink.
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Megala

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  • Lives in Thanjavur
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"The best constructed and the unbelievable size of the temple"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Aug 1, 2015
The temple is the best constructed and the size of the temple made of hard rocks are unbelievable. But as soon as you enter the temple, one after the other one telling some stories about the gods and insist us to purchase flower garlands, etc. at abnormal price.
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Bala Iyer

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  • Lives in Dombivli
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"Temple for Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2015
This is the only place where you will find the Holy Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in a single form. The temple is maintained neatly and very clean. The temple remains open till 11:30 in morning and then reopens at around 4:30 in evening.

It's a mid sized temple and you can have a good darshan in all the shrines of the temple well within an hour. Males are only allowed to go in bare chested.
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Naidu

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  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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"It is one of the historical temples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 17, 2014
It is one of the historical temples, to be seen in half a day. At the same time, the pujaris collecting unlimited amount of donations, showing different reasons should be controlled.
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Sindhuja Suyambu

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Do visit this temple!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 15, 2014
Sthanumalayan temple is located in Suchindram which is nearly 10 km from Kanyakumari and it is on the way from Kanyakumari to Nagercoil. The statues inside temple was worth seeing.
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Praveen

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"Sthanumalayan Temple - SUCHINDRAM."

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2014
Sthanumalayan temple in Suchindram is one of the sacred temples around Kanyakumari. It is located exactly at 12 kilometers from Kanyakumari. You have a lot of local buses going to the temple. There are good small eateries providing you breakfast - far better than the eateries in Kanyakumari. Then as you go to the temple you feel that ancient old typical South Indian stone-made carved temple, with no false lighting and just the deepa/light of fire as the source of light next to the God.

You cannot wear a shirt inside temple premises ! Worth watching if you travel to Suchindram immediately after sun-rise and have a darshan or later in the evening too - it is good to have a darshan here !


There are many different stories as to why this place is considered sacred. You can take any of them into consideration. But you will surely feel sacred and purified once you visit and come out of it. Beware there may be lot of priests-like men in and around trying to act as guides or steal some money from you trying to tell some ancient stories. But you can get them all - much better in google :) instead of paying them...

One more attraction, which was once good - now in a bad shape - almost on the verge of getting damaged - is the MUSICAL PILLAR - each pillar in the temple would sound like a musical object if you try to bang on it. Worth a watch !

Also the 18 foot long Hanuman Statue !... _/\_ Feeling divine !
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Govinda raj

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  • 5 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
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"Visit the holy temple to seek blessings"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 22, 2014
It is a wonderful temple. Very rarely in India only do they have a temple for Lord Brahma. Suchindram temple has sanctum sanatorium for Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. There is also a deity of Lord Hanuman which is so humungous that the priest has to climb a 25 rung ladder to reach the top to do abhishekam as well as adorn it with garlands etc. and do the poojas.
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Arun

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"A unique temple worth seeing"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2014
The sculpture and statue of this Hindu temple is worth seeing.
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