|In days of yore
two demons, Bana and Muka, gave trouble to the devas. The devas sought the help of Gods in
vain. Finally, they presented their case before Kasi Vishwanatha i.e., Siva. Siva invoked
Sakti, His partner in life, and created two divinities. One assumed the form of Kali and
took Her stand at the spot known as Kalighat in Calcutta and the other, the Virgin Maiden
was directed to Cape Comorin where the mighty Indian Ocean with its two arms, the Arabian
Sea and the Bay of Bengal, lustily washes the shores. Thus, at the foot of India,
Kanyakumari, and at Kalighat, Mother Kali, the two divine forces, annihilated the Demons.
the Cape, this event is commemorated by the celebration of a festival called Ambu Chertal
or Bow Fight, in the second month of every Malayalam year. The deity at Suchindram temple,
which is six miles from Kanyakumari, was enchanted by the celestical beauty of this Divine
Virgin and desired to have Her for His spouse. All the devas were invited. They assembled
at Kanniambalam. (Kanni means Virgin and Ambalam, Temple).