South Indian temples are renowned for their architectural peculiarities and unique structures. Constructed in strict adherence to Dravidian architecture, these temples emanate a marvellous charm that is truly unmatched. One such visual feast is the divine Thanumalayan Temple, popularly known as the Suchindram Temple. Located at Suchindram in the Kanniyakumari district, this ancient and majestic temple never ceases to amaze with its grandeur and splendour.
Suchindram is one among the 108 Siva temples revered by Hindus in Kerala. Before the Kanniyakumari district was merged with Tamil Nadu, the temple and the surroundings were a part of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore. The temple complex is spread across 2 acres and has two towers called ‘Gopurams’ that are gateways. The eastern tower has 11 stories and is 44 metres tall. There are 30 shrines within the temple. A unique aspect about worship in this temple is that it is dedicated to the trinity of Lords Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma; and thus is a place of great religious significance to Hindus. The original structure of the building was built around the 9th century by the Chola dynasty. Later expansions were made by Thirumalai Nayak and the kings of Travancore.
The architecture of the temple is unique in that it includes both Kerala and Tamil architectural styles. The amazing works in stone spread through the temple gives the complex an amazing look. One of the most fascinating features of the temple are four musical pillars carved out of a single stone. There is also a dancing hall with 1035 intricately carved pillars.