[View of the village, shrine and headland at] Cape Comorin [Kanniyakumari].
Medium: Photographic print
View of the shrine at Kanniyakumari, Tamil Nadu by an unknown photographer in the 1900s. The photograph is from an album containing views of various locations in India, formerly in the collection of Horatio Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome, (1850-1916), who was Commander in Chief of India between 1902 and 1909.
Kannyakumari is situated at the southernmost tip of India, where the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet. It is believed to be the abode of Kumari, the virgin goddess, who is said to have performed penance here. Her temple Kumari Amman Temple on the seashore was built by the Pandya kings in the 8th century and was renovated by the Chola, Vijaynagar and Nayaka rulers. An 18th century shrine within the temple contains the footprints of the goddess Kumari, at the spot she performed her penance.