Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari
An impressive memorial to Swami Vivekananda has been built on a rock situated some 400m offshore. In fact, there are two rocks side by side projecting out of the sea. The rock is approachable only by boat which provides a pleasure cruise into the sea.
Swami Vivekananda came down to Kanyakumari on 24.12.1892 before his departure for Chicago to participate in the World Religious Conference in 1893. He sat on meditation on this rock for two days and became powerful spiritual leader and philosopher. The Memorial inaugurated in 1970 and is a blend of various architectural styles of India. It is an architectural masterpiece. The Memorial was constructed in 2081 working days with an average of 650 men working.
Swami Vivekananda Rock memorial - Kanyakumari 1DS_0422Vivekananda Mandapam - Compass in foreground - 1DS_0285Vivekananda Mandapam - Side view - 1DS_0406Wide angle view of Rock Memorial 1DS_0425-2Tiruvalluvar Status and Mandapam 1DS_0267-COLAt the foot of Tiruvalluvar statue - 1DS_0454Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari - Turbulent sea 1DS_0437Tiruvalluvar Statue - evening sun rays 1DS_0414Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari - Calm Waters 1DS_0463Inside the Ferry 1DS_0248Ferry Service at Kanyakumari - 1DS_0473A Crane and its operator at the Ferry Dock - 1DS_0470A sunset scene at Kanyakumari with fishing boats - 1DS_0478A sunset scene at Kanyakumari - 1DS_0474