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