The Thanumalayan Temple (Sthanumalayan Temple) is of importance to Shaivaites and Vaishnavite Sects of Hinduism. The name Stanumalaya denotes trimurtis; Stanu means Siva; Mal means Vishnu; and the Aya means Brahma.
Construction of the temple extended over a period of at least six hundred years.in olden days the temple is controlled by namboodiris, one of the main namboodiri family is called thekkumon madam. Parts date back as far as the ninth or tenth century, others from the fifteenth century, and a huge seven-storey pyramidal gopura was erected during the sixteenth century.
The place got the name of Suchindrum, according to stalapurana. Hindu Mythological legend has it that king of devas, Indra got relieved of a curse at the place of the main linga in the temple. The term "Suchi" in Suchindrum is believed to have derived from the Sanskrit meaning that stands for "purify".Accordingly Lord Indra is supposed to visit the temple for performing "Ardhajama Pooja" or Worship at mid night every day.