Trip to Kanyakumari: Chapter 1: Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari and Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari: Part 4

Check out the sea, it was so beautiful:


The carvings on the wall were amazing:


Check out this one:


Then, we went to the Dhyana mandapam. It is the Meditation Hall with six adjacent rooms. Inside we found many people meditating and the atmosphere was amazing. It was so calm and quiet inside that it was hard to believe that this place was in the middle of the sea.

Dhyana Mandapam

There was a shop nearby Dhyana mandapam and I took a nice picture of Swami Vivekananda and some key chains. My brother took a book from the nearby bookshop. Again I found a nice view of the boats:


After that I took a photo of the side view of the Vivekananda Mandapam:

Vivekananda Mandapam

and thats a panoramic view of the Vivekananda Mandapam:

Vivekananda Mandapam

After a nice time in the Vivekananda Rock Memorial we took the same boat and returned. From there I took a snap of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue:

Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue

Thiruvalluvar Statue is 133 feet (40.5 m) tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and saint Tiruvalluvar, author of the Thirukkural. It was completed in 2000 and is located atop a small island near the town of Kanyakumari, where two seas and an ocean meet, the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. 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. 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.

There was some construction going on in the Thiruvalluvar Statue and therefore, tourists were not allowed to go there. So I took a snap from that point itself:

Thiruvalluvar Statue

Details of Thiruvalluvar Statue

Chief Sculptor Dr. V. Ganapathy Sthapathi
Height of the statue of Thiruvalluvar 95 feet
Total pieces of stones utilised for the statue 1283
Weight of the statue 2000 tons
Height of the Athaara Peedam 38 feet
Total pieces of stone utilized 672
Weight of the stones in the Peedam 1500 tons
Total height of the monument 133 feet
Height of the Alankara-Mandapam 38 feet
Total pieces of stones utilized for the Mandapam 1726
Weight of the stones in the Mandapam 3500 tons
Total weight of the whole structure 7000 tons
Number of steps upward 70
Number of steps downward 70

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One Comment

  1. Heather:

    Beautiful pics!

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