Vivekananda Rock Memorial

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Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Vivekananda Memorial by the night, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.jpg
Location Kanyakumari, India
Coordinates 8°04′41″N 77°33′20″E / 8.077955°N 77.555607°E / 8.077955; 77.555607
Type Cultural
State Party  India
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is located in Tamil Nadu
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Location in Tamil Nadu, India

Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a monument and a popular tourist attraction in Kanyakumari, India. The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters east off mainland of Vavathurai, India's southernmost tip. It was built in 1970 by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee in honour of the visit of the Hindu spiritual teacher Swami Vivekananda to rock during the month of December 1892.[1] It is claimed that he meditated on this rock.

A meditation hall (Dhyana Mandapam) attached to the memorial provides facilities for visitors to meditate. The design of the mandapa incorporates different styles of temple architecture from all over India. This monument was hit by the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 26 December 2004 but suffered no damage.

Despite the widespread belief that Swami Vivekananda swam across the ocean to reach the rock and meditate there, it is debated as a mere myth and an attempt to dramatize and glorify the life of Swami Vivekananda. Rajagopal Chattopadhyaya in his book 'Swami Vivekananda in India - A Corrective Biography' (page 100, ISBN 81-208-1586-6, Motilal Banarasidass Publishers Private Limited, Delhi) has explained how an erroneous report in a biography published by Advaita Ashrama resulted in this myth.[2]


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Coordinates: 8°4′12″N 77°33′0″E / 8.07000°N 77.55000°E / 8.07000; 77.55000