Vivekananda Mandapam and Thiruvalluvar Statue at KanniyakumariDirection
Vivekanandar rock memorial
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is another place in Kanniyakumari which attracts large number of tourists. As its name implies, it is essentially a sacred monument, built by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee to commemorate the visit of Swamy Vivekananda to “Shripada Parai” during 24th, 25th and 26th December 1892 for deep meditation and enlightenment.
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 Kanniyakumari did Tapas.
The memorial consists of two main structures, viz (i) Vivekananda Mandapam and (ii) Shripada Mandapam.
Vivekananda Mandapam:- This 180’-11 ‘ X 56’ Mandapam consists of
- Dhyana Mandapam, i.e., Meditation Hall with six adjacent rooms
- Sabha Mandapam or the Assembly Hall including Pralima Mandapam (statue section) two rooms, a corridor and an open Prakaram round the Sabha Mandapam (30 Mukha Mandapam (Portion)
- the Front Entrance steps with two rooms and a corridor below the steps.
Shripada Mandapam:- This square hall consists of
- Garbha Graham i.e., (Sanctum Sanctorum)
- the Inner Prakaram
- the Outer Prakaram and
- the Outer Platform all around
Both the Mandapams are so designed that the vision of Swamiji in the statue would be seen direct towards the Shripadam. Visting Hours -8 AM To 4 PM. Entrance Fee – Rs 20 . Ferry Fee Rs 34 for adult .and Rs 17 for students.
Thiruvalluvar is the immortal poet of Tamil Nadu and has given to the world Thirukkural. The memorial statue of Thiruvalluvar is in Kanniyakumari. The pedestal of the statue is of 38 feet height and the statue over it is 95 feet tall with a grand total of 133 feet for the entire sculpture. The 3 tier pedestal known as Atharapeedam is surrounded by an artistic Mandapa known as Alankara Mandapam with 38 feet height. Surrounding the Alankara Mandapa stand 10 elephant statues signifying 8 directions with earth and space down. The father of Sri. Rama, the hero of Ramayana was called Dasaratha as he was able to charioteer in ten directions. To help the tourists to worship the holy feet of Thiruvalluvar 140 steps are constructed inside the Mandapa. The pedestal with a height of 38 feet represents the 38 chapters in the Book of Aram in Thirukural and the statue of 95 feet on the pedestal represents the total chapters in Porul (70 chapters) and Inbam (25 Chapters). Thus the statue symbolically, and artistically signifies that the theme of Porul and Inbam are based on Aram. Visting Hours -8 AM To 4 PM
How to Reach:
Nearest Airport : Thiruvananthapuram Airport. Gandhi Mandap can be reached by bus or train from Thiruvananthapuram.
Nearest Raiway Station : Kanyakumari junction. Gandhi Mandap is 1 Km from Railway station which can be reached by an Auto /Taxi
By road it is 90 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 19 Kms from Nagercoil
Plenty of accomodation / Lodges are available in kanyakumari