Thovalai Murugan Temple, Kanyakumari
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Thovalai was among several in Thiruvananthapuram district that with the passage of the States Reorganization Act of 1956 were transferred from Thiruvananthapuram district, Travancore-Cochin State to the newly created Kanyakumari district of Madras State (the latter later renamed as Tamil Nadu State).
Legend / Local stories
Thovalai Murugan Temple, being located on a small hill, offers beautiful views of the surroundings. The temple is dedicated to Subramanya, the younger son of Shiva. The temple enshrines a beautiful idol of Kumaraswamy or Lord Muruga in standing posture. Paintings of the six adobes of Murugan or Arupadai Veedu can be seen inside the temple walls.
Soora Samharam or Sooranporu and Malar Muzhukku Vizha are the important festivals celebrated at Muruga Temple at Thovalai. Shasti and Kiruthigai days are considered important to Murugan and hence special poojas are prayers are conducted on the temple. At this temple, the Pushbabishekam festival is commonly celebrated at the end of May. The temple at festival time is filled with all varieties of flowers.
How to Reach:
Thovalai Murugan Temple is located at about 13 Kms from Boothapandi, 14 Kms from Suchindram, 23 Kms from Kanyakumari, 14 Kms from Nagercoil, 4 Kms from Aralvaimozhi and 84 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is Thovalai Railway Station located at about 1 Km from the Temple. Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram. Thovalai Murugan Temple is located on the National Highway running between Tirunelveli and Nagercoil near Aramboly gap. Frequent bus services are available, as the village is situated in between the Nagercoil and Tirunelveli. All the passenger trains and some express trains are also having stop at this Thovalai Railway station.