After a nice boat ride we were in the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and I found profile of Swami Vivekananda and profile of Vivekananda Rock Memorial inscribed in a wall.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a sacred monument, built by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee to commemorate the visit of Swamy Vivekananda to “Shripada Parai” during 24th, 25th and 26th December 1892 for deep meditation and enlightenment. From very ancient times, the rock has been regarded as sacred place. In Puranic tradition, it has been known as “Sripada Parai: meaning the rock, that has been blessed by the touch of Shripada feet of the Goddess. On the rock, is a projection similar in form to a human fort and a little brownish in complexion, which has traditionally, been revered as a symbol of Shripadam. According to legend, it was on this rock that Goddess Kanyakumari did Tapas.
The memorial consists of two main structures, Vivekananda Mandapam and Shripada Mandapam.
Vivekananda Mandapam: This 180’-11 ½ ‘ X 56’ Mandapam consists of:
- Dhyana Mandapam, i.e., Meditation Hall with six adjacent rooms
- Sabha Mandapam or the Assembly Hall including Pralima Mandapam (statue section) two rooms, a corridor and an open Prakaram round the Sabha Mandapam
- Mukha Mandapam (Portion) and
- The Front Entrance steps with two rooms and a corridor below the steps.
Shripada Mandapam: This square hall consists of:
- Garbha Graham i.e., (Sanctum Sanctorum)
- The Inner Prakaram
- The Outer Prakaram and
- (The Outer Platform all around. Both the Mandapams are so designed that the vision of Swamiji in the statue would be seen direct towards the Shripadam.
Visting Hours- 7 AM To 4 PM. Entrance Fee: Rs 10. I took 2 entry tickets for Rs. 20 and just near the entrance I found a nice lotus flower:
From there I saw many boats:
After that I took a nice snap of the Vivekananda Mandapam: