According to Hindu legend, Kanya Devi , an avatar of Parvati, was to marry Siva, but as he failed to show up on his wedding day, the rice and other grains meant for the wedding feast remained uncooked and remain unused thereafter. As the legend goes, the uncooked grains turned into stones as time went by. Some believe that the small stones on the shore today, which look like rice, are indeed grains from the wedding that was never solemnised. Kanya Devi is now considered a virgin goddess who blesses pilgrims and tourists who flock the town. According to another Hindu legend, Lord Hanuman dropped a piece of earth as he was carrying a mountain with his life-saving herb, Mrita Sanjivani, from the Himalayas to Lanka ( Sri Lanka ) during the Rama-Ravana war. This chunk of earth is called Marunthuvazh Malai , literally "hills where medicine lives". This is said to be the reason for the abundance of unique native medicinal plants in the area. Marunthuvazh Malai is located near Kottaram about 7 km (4 mi) from Kanyakumari town on the Kanyakumari-Nagercoil highway. The sage Agasthya , who was himself an expert in medicinal herbs, is believed to have lived around this site in ancient days. Some believe this is why so many medicinal herbs are to be found on these hills near Kanyakumari. A nearby village is named Agastheeswaram after the sage. Today, there is a small ashram on the middle of the Maruthuvazh Malai hill, which tourists visit (after a short trek from the base of the hill), both to visit the Ashram and also to take a glimpse of the sea near Kanyakumari a few kilometres away, and the greenery below.
After shifting into our new premises also, we had some infrastructural problems initially and we had to take the help of the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital facilities but the team persevered well and we could manage to get things done, although the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital employees were a bit resistant and skeptical about us. Our sisters were even discouraged I have been here for 30 years. I know and I am telling you people that this new hospital will not be able to run after the initial limelight is over, said one senior employee of SGH. But as our Chief had told us in one of our meetings with him Sincere and good work is always appreciated and Wins friends was exactly what ultimately happened. Slowly our work began to be appreciated and today that same person and many other SGH employees turn up at our OPD even getting their relatives andamp; family. It is certainly very satisfying to win them over.