Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Feminine Form Of Lord Ganesha - Sri Thanumalayan Temple - Suchindram, Kanyakumari

The Thanumalayan Temple, also called Sthanumalayan Temple is an important Hindu temple located in Suchindram in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. The Thanumalayan Temple is of importance to both Shaivaite and Vaishnavite sects of Hinduism, as the name Stanumalaya denotes Trimurtis; "Stanu" means Siva; "Mal" means Vishnu; and the "Ayan" means Brahma. The linga is in three parts. The top represents “Sthanu” name of Siva, the middle “Mal” name of Vishnu, and the base “Ayan” name of Brahma. The temple is an architectural achievement, known for its quality of workmanship in stone. There are four musical pillars carved out of a single stone, and which stand at 18 feet (5.5 m) in height; these are an architectural and design highlight of the temple grounds.

Sri Thanumalayan Temple
Sri Thanumalayan Temple
Goddess Vinayaki or Ganeshani, also known as Gajanani, Ganeshari or Vigneshwari, is the feminine form of Lord Ganesh. Goddess Vinayaki is the idol worshipped in Tamil Nadu. Goddess Vinayaki or Ganeshani is considered as a form of Shakti rather a Yogini Devata. While the Ganapati appears with elephant head and human body, Vinayaki appears with the elephant head and a woman body. In Madurai, Vinayaki is worshipped as ‘Vyagrapada Ganapati. Vyagrapada Ganapati appears with female body and tiger feet (Vyagra = Tiger; Pada = feet). In Suchindram, a feminine Ganesha in Sukhasana pose is worshipped.

Lord Ganesha In Female Form
Lord Ganesha In Female Form
In Tibet, the feminine Ganesh form is worshipped as Gajanani. Some Puranas and ancient scriptures mentioned the female Shakti of Ganapati as Vainayaki or Ganeshini. Several Puranas referred Ganeshani or Vinayaki as one of the Yogini Shaktis. But the worship of Ganeshini is very less known in ancient rituals and pujas. A village called Cigar in Rajasthan, the feminine form of Ganesha called Vigneshwari is worshipped in an ancient Shiva temple. In the Vedas, the appearance of Vidhya Ganapati is described as feminine form of Ganapati.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings: 04:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Evening Timings: 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Located almost mid way between Nagercoil and Kanyakumari Suchindram is a very famous pilgrim center. At just 7 kms from Kanyakumari Suchindram is famous for the Thanumalayan Temple. Thanumalayan Temple built in the 17th century and is famous for its sculptures and is known for its quality of workmanship. Suchindrum known as Gnanaranya, is well known for its sculptural wealth. It is one of the few temples in the country where the Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Ishvara, are worshipped.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Thanumalayan Temple,
Kanyakumari District,
Pin Code : 629 704,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04652 241421

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