Monday, 18 March 2013

Vivekananda Rock Memorial Kanyakumari District Tamil Nadu

Vivekananda Rock Memorial Kanyakumari District Tamil Nadu
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a sacred monument and popular tourist attraction in Vavathurai, Kanyakumari, India.Vivekananda Rock Memorial Kanyakumari District Tamil Nadu 8°04’ N, 77°33’ E At the southernmost tip of India’s mainland lies the town of Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. It is the point of convergence of the three vast seas that flank India on the west, south and east: the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.Roughly half a kilometre into the sea from the tapering end of the mainland is a pair of rocks rising above the surface. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is built on the bigger of these rocks (the smaller one now carries the statue of Thiruvalluvar
The Vivekananda Rock measures about 534’ x 426’ at the water level and has a spacious level top at an altitude of 55 feet.The total area is about 4 acres (16,200 sq.m.).It is separated from the Thiruvalluvar Rock by a distance of 220 feet and a cluster of stones protruding from the sea between them.From very ancient times, the rock has been regarded as sacred place.  In Puranic tradition, it has been known as “Sripada Parai: meaning the rock, that has been blessed by the touch of Shripada feet of the Goddess.On the rock, is a projection similar in form to a human fort and a little brownish in complexion, which has traditionally, been revered as a symbol of Shripadam.  According to legend, it was on this rock that Goddess Kanyakumari did Tapas.

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