Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gandhi Memorial Mandapam, Kanyakumari

Gandhi Memorial Mandapam, Kanyakumari
Gandhi Memorial Mandapam is located on the shores of Kanyakumari Town in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu. Gandhi Memorial Mandapam has been built on the spot where the urn containing the Mahatma's ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion. Resembling central Indian Hindu temples in form, the memorial was designed in such a way that on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, 2 October, the first rays of the sun fall on the exact place where his ashes were kept. The Gandhi memorial is a popular tourist spot in Kanyakumari and is situated nearby to Kumari Amman Temple. Everyone should surely visit the Gandhi Memorial to complete the tour of Kanyakumari.

This is a Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi who had visited Kanyakumari in 1925 and 1937. It is constructed at a place on the seashore, near to Kumari Amman Temple, where his ashes were kept for public darshan before immersion in the sea on February 12, 1948. The beautiful Gandhi Memorial completed in 1956, is situated as a memorial to the Father of the Nation. The memorial was transferred to the administrative control of the Public (Information and Public Relations) Department from Public Works Department of Government of Tamil Nadu in the year 1978.

The Mandapam
The structure was even built to very specific dimensions just to honor the man. The central spire of the pink facade stands exactly 79 feet high in honor of Gandhi’s age at his death. The Mandapam is built in Orrisa style of architecture. The most remarkable feature however is an opening in the ceiling of the building which is position in such a way that each October 2nd, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday, the sunlight that comes through it falls on the exact spot where his ashes sat. Mandapam’s across India honor Gandhi’s life and works for the Indian people, but this may be the only one that has harnessed the sun for his honor. Inside the memorial you can see many photographs of Mahatma Gandhi taken at various times and Mahatma Gandhi with other famous Personalities.

Timings & Fees
Visitors can visit on all days from morning seven to evening seven. No entry fee is charged, except Rs.1 is collected for each pair of footwear, as footwear are not allowed inside the Gandhi Memorial and in the premises.
Kanyakumari Town is well connected to major cities by road / rail / air across India. Kanyakumari is located at about 20 Kms from Nagercoil, 13 Kms from Suchindrum, 47 Kms from Thiruvattaru, 33 Kms from Thuckalay, 47 Kms from Marthandam, 100 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 245 Kms from Madurai. Gandhi Mandapam is located about 1.4 Kms from Kanyakumari State Transport Corporation Bus Stand. Gandhi Mandapam is located at about 1.3 Kms from Kanyakumari Railway Station. Gandhi Mandapam is well connected from Railway Station and Bus Stand by means of Buses, Taxis and Autos. Gandhi Mandapam is located at about 101 Kms from Trivandrum International Airport and 239 Kms from Madurai International Airport.