Kanyakumari's Yogic Charm: Yoga Sastra Sangamam and Key Attractions

The 7th International Conference on Yoga Philosophy, the Yoga Sastra Sangamam, is scheduled to take place at Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, from the 2nd to the 4th of February 2024. This conference, organized in collaboration with Mahatma Gandhi University Kerala and Central University of Himachal Pradesh, promises to be a unique convergence of philosophy, knowledge, and practical dimensions of Yoga.

This time, the Yoga Sastra Sangamam finds its home in the serene and peaceful ambiance of Vivekanandapuram Campus in Kanyakumari. Nestled at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula, Kanyakumari stands as a mesmerizing convergence point of nature's beauty, pilgrimage sites, rich cultural heritage, and spiritual significance. Here are some must-visit destinations that make Kanyakumari a pilgrim's delight:

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Vivekananda Rock Memorial: The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a mid-sea monument dedicated to Swami Vivekananda's historic meditation on this rock. It stands as a unique symbol of unity and purity, embodying the aspirations of the nation. The memorial is a harmonious blend of architectural beauty from across the country, symbolizing the collaborative effort of the entire nation. Situated on a rock island and accessible via ferry, this iconic monument offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and Arabian Sea, providing visitors with an ethereal experience.

Thiruvalluvar Statue

Thiruvalluvar Statue: Adjacent to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is the impressive Thiruvalluvar Statue. This 133-foot-tall stone structure represents the famous Tamil poet and philosopher. Its setting at the meeting point of three seas makes it truly remarkable.

Kanyakumari Temple

The Kanyakumari Devi Temple: The Kanyakumari Devi Temple, also known as the Bhagavathy Amman Temple, holds immense spiritual significance as a pilgrimage destination in Kanyakumari. Dedicated to Goddess Kanyakumari, the temple is esteemed for its architecture and detailed carvings. Pilgrims and tourists frequently visit this sacred site to witness the stunning sunrise and sunset from its premises, finding it spiritually fulfilling and visually captivating.

Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam

Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam: The Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam is a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, erected at the spot where his ashes were kept for public viewing before immersion. The unique design of the building enables sunlight to illuminate the exact spot where Gandhi's ashes were kept, occurring every October 2nd on his birth anniversary.

Wandering Monk Exhibition

Wandering Monk Exhibition: The Wandering Monk Exhibition is a permanent pictorial exhibition situated near the Kanyakumari Devi temple. It offers inspiring insights into the life and message of Swami Vivekananda. The exhibits here showcase Swami Vivekananda’s teachings, philosophical wisdom, and his numerous experiences during his extensive wanderings as a monk across India from 1888 to 1893.

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace: The Padmanabhapuram Palace, located near Kanyakumari, is an ancient wooden palace that served as the palace of the Travancore rulers. Known for its remarkable architecture and historical significance, the palace showcases intricate wooden interiors, elaborately designed halls, and well-preserved courtyards that reflect the grandeur of the past. This cultural site offers visitors a glimpse into the rich heritage and stunning architecture of the past.

Sri Thanumalayan Swami Temple at Suchindram

Sri Thanumalayan Swami Temple at Suchindram: Revered for its architectural brilliance and spiritual importance, Sri Thanumalayan Swami Temple located in Suchindram is a sacred site dedicated to Lord Shiva. The musical pillars and intricate carvings add to its allure.

Sri Ramayana Darshan and Bharat Mata Sadanam

Sri Ramayana Darshan and Bharat Mata Sadanam: Sri Ramayan Darshan is a permanent exhibition situated within the Vivekanandapuram premises. It presents important episodes from the epic Ramayana through mural or oil paintings. Within the same building lies Bharat Mata Sadanam, a temple dedicated to Bharat Mata. At the heart of the Ramayan Darshanam Exhibition stands a 27ft. tall statue of Shri Veer Hanumanji, captivating visitors at the entrance. This serene and educational site allows exploration and interaction with India's rich cultural and mythological heritage, appealing to both tourists and devotees.

Vivekanandapuram Campus

Vivekanandapuram Campus: Vivekanandapuram, situated just 1 km away from Kanyakumari Railway Station, is the chosen venue for Yoga Sastra Sangamam 2024. Renowned for its serene ambiance, it serves as an ideal location for the study of Yoga and spiritual pursuits. The campus boasts various attractions, including Sri Ramayana Darshan & Bharat Mata Sadanam, Arise Awake Exhibition, Sri Ekaakshara Mahaganapathi Temple, Gangotri Exhibition, Gramodhaya Park, the Peacock Sanctuary, Mananeeya Sri Eknathji’s Samadhi, Beach and Sunrise view point.

Sri Venkateswara Temple

Sri Venkateswara Temple: The Sri Venkateswara Temple, located less than 2 km from the main gate of Vivekanandapuram, is a smaller replica of the renowned Balaji temple in Tirupati. Despite its smaller size, it faithfully replicates the rituals and ceremonial practices observed at the Tirupati temple.

We extend a warm invitation to all yoga enthusiasts to join us for the Yoga Sastra Sangamam 2024 in this serene city. Click Here for Registration