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Vivekananda Memorial in Kanyakumari

The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is located at Kanyakumari where the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal merge with the great Indian Ocean. The Vivekananda Rock has been dedicated to the Indian Philosopher Vivekananda who had spent his days trying to awake the Indians from their state of stupor. Vivekananda dedicated most of his life trying to awaken the inner soul of man.

People, who turned into his disciples, were touched by his sermons and began living simpler lives, coupling it with high thinking. For the pilgrims the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is an enlightening experience. They come here in order to discover some of the hidden truths of life inside the large auditorium; meditating in front of the colossal statue of Vivekananda ensures peace in their soul. This is called the Dhyana Mandapam of the Vivekananda Memorial in Kanyakumari .

It is an important place of attraction for the religious campaigners. Vivekananda Memorial, Kanyakumari is located on the two rocks projecting from the sea, at 400 meters from the land in Kanyakumari. In the year 1892 the great Indian Philosopher came to this place and spent his time in meditating. The meditation in mid-sea enlightened him and he transformed into a great philosopher of the era and earned him global fame. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial was constructed in the year 1970 and the unique blend of architectural style of India is conspicuous in the Memorial erected in the rock.

A bold and unique statue stands inside the huge hall and this is also the prayer room. People leave their shoes outside and go with a pure heart to the meditation Hall and pray with their eyes closed in front of the colossal statue. Perhaps the divine soul of this great philosopher rests somewhere inside the magnificent hall. To the south east direction lies the Kumari Amman Temple.

Standing on one of these rocks one can get a splendid view of the tapering end of India. The footprints of the virgin Goddess, Parvati, are manifest to us in the from these rock structures. The visit of Swami Vivekananda to Chicago brought him fame and fortune. He preferred the life of an ascetic to worldly fame and glory.

Swami Vivekananda was a holy crusader in Chicago and went there to spread the message of Hinduism to the world. Nivedita was captivated by the young philosopher and fascinated by the charming lecture delivered by him to the audience at Chicago. He started his address with the famous, “Dear Brothers and Sisters” For the first time in their lives the people of America had been addressed thus. Vivekananda Memorial stands as a memorial of the great Indian Philosopher.


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