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Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the giant Statue of Thiruvalluvar, an ancient Tamil poet. Vivekananda was the greatest philosopher and spiritualist India has ever produced. His guru was Ramakrishna Paramahamsa to whom he was much devoted. His teachings and philosophical messages are succinct, full of sum and substance and if you follow them you will not only succeed in your life but also will become mature enough to take life as it com
On the occasion of the birth day centenary of sri Vevekananda in January, 1962, a group of people from Kanyakumari took a decision to erect a memorial on one of the two rock out crops. The Rmakrishna Mission at Madras also had a similar plan - a memorial in honor of the great spiritualist. For various reasons a section of local Christians, comprising mainly of fishing community objected to it and they wanted to erect a Cross on the rock. So, the project stalled for a long time for various political reason and as the religious matter was a sensitive issue,the centenary committee wanted to do it in accordance with laws.. The Madras High court ruling went in favor of erection of a memorial for Vikekananda on the rocks on the grounds that he got his enlightenment here. At last during the congress regime the then Chief Minister M.Baktavasalam, who in consultation with the central government, allowed the construction of memorial.
The memorial can be accessed from the jetty through a flight of steps and the entire building complex is designed specifically incorporating different styles of temple architecture from different parts of India, implying oneness of this country. .You can access the memorial only by ferry and frequent ferry services are available except on those days when the sea is rough.
The memorial is made of Vivekananda Mandapam (hall) - comprising Dhyana (meditation) mandabam and and Sabha mandabam and Sri Pada mandabam - comprising sanctum and prakarams. The one that attracts our attention is the Dhyana Mandapam, which is a huge hall with six adjacent rooms and the hall is meant for those visitors who want to meditate. The surrounding seas, serene atmosphere and the nice ambiance will help you go into a meditative mood. There is the Sabha Mandapam, an assembly hall with two rooms and a corridor surrounded by an open passage. Inside the Sri Pada Mandabam the impressive the statue of Swami Vivekananda in a standing posture facing towards the 'Sripadam' seizes our attention.