President Droupadi Murmu on Saturday visited the historic monument of Swami Vivekananda off the coast of Kanyakumari, during a brief sojourn to the shore town.
The President was ferried in a launch of the Poompuhar Shipping Corporation to the monument for the savant established on a rock about 500 meters from the mainland in 1970.
“Visiting the iconic Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a memorable experience for me. I marvel at the greatness of the late Eknath Ranade ji who was behind the building of the spiritually charged complex," Murmu said after going around the impressive structure.
Visiting the iconic Vivekananda Rock memorial is a memorable experience for me. I marvel at the greatness of the late Eknath Ranade Ji who was behind the building of the spiritually charged complex. pic.twitter.com/RaRXJPGLc0— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 18, 2023
“I feel blessed to have a feel of the great ennobling mission of Swami Vivekananda in this place. I appreciate the devotion of the people who are spreading the message of Swamiji through the activities of Vivekananda Kendra," the President, said while recording her impression on the visitors’ book.
On December 24, 1892, Vivekananda after arriving at Kanyakumari, swam across to reach the rock in the mid-sea and meditated for three days. The monument was raised to honour the saint.
Murmu visited the Dhyana mandapam inside the memorial and sat in meditation for some time.
Earlier, the President was received by Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi, State IT Minister Mano Thangaraj, Kanyakumari district collector P N Sridhar and other officials, on her arrival at the Government guest house helipad, Kanyakumari, from Kerala.
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