Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a sacred monument and popular tourist
attraction in Kanyakumari, India.
The memorial stands on one of two
rocks located about 500 meters off mainland India's southernmost tip.
It was built in 1970 by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee in
honour of the visit of the great spiritual teacher Swami Vivekananda
to Shripada Parai during the month of December 1892 for deep
meditation and enlightenment.
He swam to this rock and meditated about
the past, present and future of India. It is said that he attained
enlightenment on the rock, and henceforth became a reformer and
From very ancient times, the rock has been regarded as a sacred place.
The Thiruvalluvar Statue is a 133 feet (40.5 m) tall stone sculpture
of the Tamil poet and saint Tiruvalluvar, author of the Thirukkural.
It was opened in January 1, 2000 (Millenium) 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
statue has a height of 95 feet (29 m) and stands upon a 38 foot (11.5
m) pedestal that represents the 38 chapters of "virtue" in
the Thirukkural. The statue standing on the pedestal represents
"wealth" and "pleasure", signifying that wealth
and love be earned and enjoyed on the foundation of solid virtue.