Vivekananda Rock Memorial is devoted to Swami Vivekananda who was a devotee of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Sri Ramkrishna was the creator of Ramakrishna Mission. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial was constructed in 1970 in blue and red granite. It is located on the peak of a rock island at a height of approximately 17 metres from the sea level.
This place covers roughly 6 acres of land. The memorial rests on the peak of 2 rocks and is located about 500 metres from the island.
It is said that Vivekananda came to Kanyakumari and swam to this rock and spent that night in intense meditation. After that he determined to devote himself to serve the country and spread out the Vedanta message all over the world. In the year 1983, in Chicago, he was present at the World Religious Conference.
The Vivekananda Rock Memorial memorialises Vivekananda’s visit to Sripada Parai on the 24th Dec, 25th Dec and 26th Dec, 1982, for profound meditation and spiritual enlightenment.
The visitors can see the statue of Vivekananda inside the building of Vivekananda Rock Memorial. The memorial includes 2 mandapams - Shripada Mandapam and Vivekananda Mandapam. The Shripada Mandapam is located on Sripada Parai, which is a holy spot supposed to be blessed by deity Kanyakumari. Vivekananda Mandapam has 4 parts - Sabha Mandapam, Dhyana Mandapam, Front Entrance and Mukha Mandapam. Dhyana Mandapam is the meditation hall where the travellers can meditate.