Located in the midst of the ocean, just 400 meters from Kanyakumari, is the magnificent Vivekanand Rock Memorial. This colossal structure was built in the year 1970, under the guidance of Shri Eknath Ranade. The Vivekanand rock temple is dedicated to one of the greatest spiritual philosophers of India, swami vivekanan. It is said that swami Vivekananda meditated here before setting out one of the most crucial religious campaigns in India in 1892. The idea of building Vivekananda memorial rock temple was conceptualized on his birthday centenary in the year 1962.
Vivekananda rock memorial was built with a blend of traditional and contemporary architectural style of India. A life size status of swami Vivekananda has been set up inside the memorial. The rock has always been considered as holy and according to hindu mythology, goddess devi kumara has blessed the rock with the touch of her sacred feet. It is thus known as sripada parai. In fact, there is a projection on the rock that resembles a human foot and is brownish in color, which is regarded as sri padam.
The memorial has two main structures known as the shripada mandapam and the Vivekananda mandapam. The shripada mandapam has the main sanctum sanctorum surrounded by an outer platform. The Vivekananda mandapam has a meditation hall known as dhyana mandapam. Visitors can sit, relax and meditate over here. The atmosphere here is very calm and serene. The statue of swami Vivekananda can be seen here.