Dedicated to an incarnation of Durga/Parvati is a Hindu shrine in Tamil Nadu known as the Bhagavathy Temple. This “Goddess Bhagavathy” devoted temple is located in Kanya Kumari in the state of Tamil Nadu. Apparently, this temple is supposed to have been constructed by Lord Parshurama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Furthermore, the main deity at this temple i.e. Shri Bhagavathy possesses several names, a few popularly ones include “Kanya Devi, Devi Kumari, and Shree Bhadrakali”. Apparently, this temple is also situated at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean.
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a. How to reach Bhagavathy Temple
Bhagavathy Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest station to this temple is in Kanyakumari itself. The Kanyakumari Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai etc.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points will be Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ernakulum, and Madurai.
- Via Bangalore:
There are two routes from Bangalore to this temple, and they are via NH44 and via NH948 and NH44.
- Via Chennai:
There are two routes from Chennai to this temple, and they are via NH38 and Chennai Villupuram Trichy Kanyakumari Road, and via NH44.
- Via Hyderabad:
There are only two routes from Hyderabad to this temple, and they are via NH44 and via NH40 and NH44.
- Via Ernakulum:
There is one route from Ernakulum to this temple, and it is via NH66.
- Via Madurai:
There are two routes from Madurai to this temple, and they are via NH44 and via NH38 and NH44.
3. By air:
The nearest airport is located in Thiruvananthapuram. The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as major international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Bhagavathy Temple
This Hindu shrine is considered to be one among the “Shakti Peetha” temples. Thus the origin of this temple is linked to a popular legend pertaining King Daksha, Goddess Sati, and Lord Shiva. According to this folklore, Goddess Sati in anger committed suicide in the fire of a yagna being performed by her father. In response an enraged Lord Shiva carried the burnt body of his wife Sati and performed the cosmic dance “Tandava”. This dance left all the other gods in heaven shaken and worried about the consequences of Shiva’s anger. So this led to Lord Vishnu hurling his chakra at the burnt body and thereby cutting it into “51 pieces” which fell on various spots in the country, and one such part of Goddess Sati’s body fell at the site on which this temple was eventually constructed.