Kanyakumari: President Draupadi Murmu, during his brief stay in Kanyakumari, on Saturday visited the historical memorial of Swami Vivekananda, built on an islet in the water, some distance from the beach. Murmu went to the monument erected in 1970 in Shila, about 500 meters from the mainland. He said, “It is an unforgettable experience for me to visit the iconic Vivekananda rock monument. I am in awe of the greatness of the late Eknath Ranade ji, who contributed greatly to the construction of this spiritual complex.”
“I appreciate the dedication of the people who are spreading Swamiji’s message through the activities of Vivekananda Kendra,” said the President, recording his experience in the visitor’s book. It is significant that after reaching Kanyakumari, Swami Vivekananda swam to this rock situated in the middle of the sea on December 24, 1892 and meditated here for three days.
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This monument was built in honor of Vivekananda. Murmu went to the meditation hall inside the monument and meditated for a while. Earlier, Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi, Minister of State for Information Technology Mano Thangaraj, Kanyakumari District Magistrate P.N. Sridhar and other officials received Murmu on his arrival at the Government Guest House helipad in Kanyakumari from Kerala. (agency)