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Author of the ancient travel book Periplus talks of the port of Komor [Komor - Kumar - Kumari - Kanya Kumari]. It says "Komor which has a fort and a harbor.This place is frequented for the purpose of ablution by those who have dedicated themselves to a religious life and taken a vow of celibacy. Women as well as men are admitted into this institution: and the legend respecting it reports that a goddess in some former period practiced the same ablutions once a month at the spot." - From a series of articles "The Tamils Eighteen Hundred Years Ago" that were published in Madras Review between 1895 and 1901. It was later published in book form in 1904. The South India Saiva Sidhanta Works, Chennai, Tamilnadu republished the book in 1966 with a forward by former Madras State Education Minister C. Subramaniam.


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