Often described as the southern most tip of the land form of India Kanyakumari has a plenty to offer to the wanderers. Kanyakumari or Kanniyakumari and earlier known as Cape Comorin is extremely popular as a tourist destination in India. The fascination point is ofcourse the very fact that it is the tip of the Indian peninsula where three seas – Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet.
The natural beauty of Kanyakumari is spectacular and the beaches are fantastic – better than most of the beaches that India has to offer. Kanyakumari is at its best during Chitra Pournami (full moon day in April) when the sun and moon are face to face at the same horizon but other full moon days are also special when you can see the sun set and the moon rise almost simultaneously.
One of the reasons to visit Kanyakumari is to experience the Vivekanand Rock Memorial built in the memory of Swami Vivekanand. Born as Narendranath Datta in July 1902 Swami Vivekanand was a monk and a disciple of Indian mystic Ramakrishna Paramhans. The Vivekanand Memorial is a delight to the eyes. Inaugarated in 1970 it is literally built on a rock and is the same place where Swami Vivekanand is said to have achieved enlightenment. Swami Vivekananda reached Kanyakumari in December 1892. He had travelled the vast land of India upon the soles of his feet. He had taken various hardships to take this enduring journey. When he arrived at Kanyakumari, he was exhausted. Having no money to pay for a boat to take him to the end of his pilgrimage, he flung himself into the sea, and swam across the shark-infested strait and reached the top of a mid-sea rock.
Once on the rock Swami Vivekananda, instead of meditating for God – he meditated on Mother India. Swamiji believed that mother India is none other than Durga Mata incarnate. This is the place where he got his aim of life. Mata PARVATI call him to come there and to know the truth of india i.e what was the glory of india, why it stepped down, what are the reasons and how it can be elevated.
He felt in his heart of hearts that India would rise only through a renewal and restoration of that highest spiritual consciousness which had made her, throughout her history, the cradle of religions and cultures. He then, sitting at the last bit of rock in the Indian ocean, took the momentous decision to go to the West to give shape to his life’s mission of spreading India’s religion and culture throughout the whole world and also to seek help for the poor millions of India.
The main propelling force behind conceptualization and construction of the Vivekanand Rock Memorial was Shri Eknath Ranade who was a RSS Swayamsevak. Shri Ranade had served in various capacities in the RSS before he was entrusted upon with the responsibility of construction of Vivekananda Rock Memorial by Shri Guruji Golwalkar, the sarsanghchalak of RSS.
Kanyakumari is very much the home of Kumari Mata temple. Devi Kanya Kumari is Shree Bhagavathy in the form of adolescent girl child. The Goddess is believed to be the one who removes the rigidity of our mind, devotees usually feel the tears in their eyes or even inside their mind when they pray to the goddess in devotion and contemplation. Kanyakumari temple is very much regarded as Shakti Peetha.
Apart from sightseeing Kanyakumari has much to offer in terms of local food. Great restaurants like The Curry, Hotel Saravana, Hotel Sangam offer great south indian delicacies at reasonable prices. A special mention goes to The Curry restaurant on the East car street which offers great buffet breakfast (yes! all you can eat!). One should try the lamb fried rice which seems to be their speciality.
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