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Situated at the southern most tip of the Indian Peninsula, the meeting point of Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal is Kanyakumari, the position renowned for its magnificent sunrises and sunsets. at this point out in the sea, nearly 400m from the shoreline, on a rocky island lies a splendid monument, a memorial devoted to Swami Vivekananda the religious leader of Bengal, philosopher and social reformer.
The memorial was erected in 1970 by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee to memorialize the visit of Swamy Vivekananda at this point in December 1892, for profound meditation and enlightenment. The memorial planned by Sri S.K. Achari and sanctified by Srimad Swami Vireshwarananda , President of Ramakrishna Mission was officially inaugurated by Sri. V.V. Giri, the then President of India during September 1970.
The entire monument has two major structures Vivekananda Mandapam and Sripada Mandapam, on two rocks that stand adjoining to each other alienated by nearly 70 meters. The smaller rock identified as 'Sripada Parai' has been honored as a holy place even from very ancient period. Myth says that Goddess Kanya Kumari meditated on this rock and there is in fact an outcrop on the rock alike in form to a human foot assumed to be the 'Sripadam' or the foot of the Goddess. It is the central point of the memorial. It is at the moment enclosed in a square shrine or Sripada Madapam. This shrine consists of the chambers, an inner section over and above outer compartment. There is an external platform all around.