Vivekananda Rock Memorial Kanyakumari

 The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a popular tourist monument in Kanyakumari, India. The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters (1,600 ft) east of the mainland of Vavathurai. It was built in 1970 in honor of Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock. The atmosphere is so refreshing with see breeze and totally beautiful memorial.



Vivekananda Rock Memorial is located in an ideal unique place where the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal is meeting.  You seen  bay of Bengal sea water is brown colour and Indian ocean water is blue color. 

It is an Island and one needs to take a ferry to reach there.  The tickets for the ferry are Rs. 50/- and Rs. 200/- naturally understood the the Rs. 50/- ticket had a long queue.  The ferry ride is hardly 10 minutes sail. The ferry service runs from 8am to 4pm

The tradition of penance was to be continued by young men and women coming as Karyakartas of Vivekananda Kendra to spread the following message of Swami Vivekananda:

A hundred thousand men and women, fired with the zeal of holiness, fortified with eternal faith in the Lord, and nerved to lion’s courage by their sympathy for the poor and the fallen and the downtrodden, will go over the length and breadth of the land, preaching the gospel of salvation, the gospel of help, the gospel of social raising up, the gospel of equality.

When Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial was blueprinted, it was modeled by E. Thanumalayan, a student of the S. T. Hindu College, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. He modeled it with paraffin wax. The Memorial is the fusion of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu architecture and the design of Ramakrishna Math, Belur, West Bengal. He was deeply appreciated by the then Madras Chief Minister Bhaktavatsalam for its aesthetic quality.

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