Dadu Aur Madak

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of the Horn of India. It occupies a place at the intersection of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. As with many places of convergence in India it is a very sacred spot for Indian people. Arriving here during the week between Christmas and New Years, we found the place swollen with tourists who had come on religious pilgrimage and to visit the two tiny islands seen in the sunrise photo above. At left is the Vivekananda memorial, dedicated to Swami Vivekananda a Hindu Monk who was a champion of social justice. On the right is the statue of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar. Completed in the year 2000, thousands of sculptors participated in what some call "India's Statue of Liberty." The big draw for the pilgrims that flock here though is actually the Kumari Amman Temple and ghats that occupy the very tip of the mainland.

Still, by early morning a long queue has already formed for the ferries that will shuttle passengers to the two islands every few minutes in a steady stream throughout the day.

The statue, though, is still the favorite of many who like to climb to its viewing platform. In the close up below you can see how the statue is built in pieces, a technique that allowed so many sculptors to participate.

At one hundred and thirty-three feet, the statue stands in tribute to the one hundred and thirty-three chapter epic poem Thirukkural.