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Island where culture, history and beauty meets-Thiruvallur Statue & Vivekananda Rock Memorial @ Kanyakumari ,southern tip of INDIA
Inspired by Capturing History Challenge @ https://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/

Here is a small account of the place for those who love to know its history.

      Kanyakumari; also known as Kanniyakumari, formerly known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The name comes from the temple, Devi Kanya Kumari Temple(considered to be a sister of Krishna;women pray to her for marriage) in the region. It is the southernmost tip of peninsular India. Kanyakumari has been a great centre for art and religion for centuries. It was also an area of great trade and commerce in the past. It is located at the southern tip and southernmost point of the Indian Subcontinent.
The Kanyakumari beach is a beautiful sight with multi-coloured sand.According to Hindu legend, Kanya Devi, an avatar of Parvati, was to marry Siva, but as he failed to show up on his wedding day, the rice and other grains meant for the wedding feast remained uncooked and remain unused thereafter. As the legend goes, the uncooked grains turned into stones as time went by. Some believe that the small stones on the shore today, which look like rice, are indeed grains from the wedding that was never solemnised. Kanya Devi is now considered a virgin goddess who blesses pilgrims and tourists who flock the town. The place is also famous for its distinctly beautiful (reddish) sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodies – the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea – makes the sunrise and sunset even more special. On balmy, full-moon evenings one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time – on either side of the horizon. The beach here does not really offer one the opportunity to sunbathe on soft golden sands, or to frolic in the waves either. The seashore is rocky and dangerous.

Kanyakumari has many places of interest but the below described are more than history, they give a spectacular view on a small island in the sea.
The Thiruvalluvar Statue is a stone sculpture of the celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher Tiruvalluvar (author of the famous work Thirukkural), as a memmorial to the man who gave tamil literature the ‘Word that never fails’. Thiruvalluvar is thought to have lived sometime between the 3rd century BC and the 1st century BC. The statue is located atop a small island near the town of Kanyakumari on the southernmost Coromandel Coast. It 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 “pleasures”, signifying that wealth and love be earned and enjoyed on the foundation of solid virtue. The combined height of the statue and pedestal is 133 feet (40.5 m), denoting the 133 chapters in the Thirukkural. It has a total weight of 7000 tons. The statue, with its slight bend around the waist is reminiscent of a dancing pose of the ancient Indian deities like Nataraja.

The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is another popular tourist monument in Vavathurai, Kanyakumari, India. Much more than just a tourist attraction in Kanyakumari, Vivekananda rock is more of a sacred monument dedicated to one of the most revered spiritual leaders –  Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock. According to local legends, it was on this rock that Goddess Kumari performed austerity. A meditation hall (Dhyana Mandapam) is also attached to the memorial for visitors to meditate. The design of the mandapa incorporates different styles of temple architecture from all over India. It houses a statue of Vivekananda. The rocks are surrounded by the Laccadive Sea. The memorial consists of two main structures, the Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam. It is this iconic monument from where one can watch the magical confluence of Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean.

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