Pilgrimage, Kanya Kumari, South India

Kanya Kumari, once known as Cape Comorin, is the southernmost tip of India. Here devout Hindus bathe in the sacred waters where three oceans meet. Pilgrims mingle with schoolchildren on a holiday trip, foreign tourists, vendors and hawkers, and filmmakers working on their latest movie. Here too Indians honor Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of India, and Swami Vivekananda, who carried the message of Vedanta to the West. The nearby village encompasses a temple sacred to the Hindu goddess Kanya Kumari and a Catholic church dedicated to Our Lady of Joy, founded in 1540 by Francis Xavier. Other churches and mosques are nearby.



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