Vivekanantha Memorial Rock
Kanyakumari is one of the major Tourist spots in India where the three seas confluences and stands the most famous monument, the vivekanda memorial rock. It has been informed that swami vivekanda swam across the sea for meditation. He came here on 24th December 1892 before leaving to Chicago to participate in the world religious conference in 1893. He underwent meditation for about 3 days and gained the great spiritual Power and knowledge. To commemorate the memory of swami vivekanda , Vivekanda Rock Memorial has been established. It was constructed in the year 1970 and it remains a fantastic homage to the spiritual leader. Vivekanda rock Memorial was constructed with the mixture of traditional and modern architectural styles of Modern India. It took 2081 working days for the completion of the memorial under the able supervision of Sri. S.K.Achari. when it was inaugurated on 2nd September, 1970, the then honorable president of India V.V. GRI requested the fellow Indians to rise to the call of the nation. This Memorial was blessed by Paramacharya of Kachi Kamakoti Peetham, and for which Swami Chinmayananda of Chinmay Mission gave the first donation.
The rock stands in the middle of the ocean, 400 meters away from Cape Comerin. The life size bronze statue of swami vivekanda was kept inside the memorial, which has two major structures, the Shripada Mandapam and the Vivekananda Mandapam. The Shripada Mandapam is the major sanctum and it is surrounded by an outer platform. The vivekanda Mandapam is blessed with a huge meditation hall often known as Dhyana Mandapam and it reflects a calm, spiritual, and holy atmosphere. Here the visitors can undergo meditation or take rest... From the rock, the visitors can see the most astonishing view of confluence of the three seas of Bay of Bengal, the Arabian ocean and the Indian Ocean.
Sri Pada Mandapam:
On this very same rock there is a small foot-print that resembles like human foot. According to legends, it was on this rock Goddess Kanyakumari did her penance. This special significance and sanctity attached to this rock might have prompted Swami Vivekananda, an ardent devotee of Kali, to venture across the sea for his long meditation.
The best time to visit:
It is suggested that the best time to visit this vivekanda rock memorial is between September to February because of pleasant weather prevailing during this period and the temperature varies between 25 to 28 degrees centigrade. Vivekanda memorial rock is open to the public from 7:a.m to 4 p.m.