June 16, 2024 15:14 (IST)
Follow us:
facebook-white sharing button
twitter-white sharing button
instagram-white sharing button
youtube-white sharing button
After his 'Lord Ram' taunt on BJP creates uproar, RSS leader makes a U-turn | NDA govt formed by mistake, can fall anytime: Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge's claim | PM Modi returns to India after 'successful completion of G7 Outreach Summit' in Italy | Delhi LG approves prosecution of Arundhati Roy, Sheikh Showkat Hussain in 2010 provocative speech case | BS Yediyurappa, accused of harassing minor, can't be arrested till next hearing: Karnataka HC
PM Modi to meditate on Vivekananda Rock from May 30 to June 1
Image Credit : Gan13166 via wikipedia.org

PM Modi to meditate on Vivekananda Rock from May 30 to June 1

| @indiablooms | 30 May 2024, 04:54 pm

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will immerse in a 48-hour meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari, Tamil Nadu, from May 30 to June 1 to mark the culmination of the BJP’s Lok Sabha election campaign.

The is a small rocky islet located about 500 meters from Kanyakumari’s Vavathurai beach, the southern tip of mainland India, at the confluence of the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal. It is also close to the monolithic statue of Tamil saint Tiruvalluvar mid-sea off the coast of Kanniyakumari

PM Modi will meditate at Dhyan Mandapam, the same place where Swami Vivekananda meditated in 1892. The Rock Memorial was constructed to honour the Hindu philosopher-saint.

PM Modi's meditation at the Vivekananda Rock echoes his two-day visit to Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath shrine at the end of the 2019 election campaign, during which he undertook a 15-hour-long solitary meditation in a holy cave.

Around 2,000 police personnel have been deployed in the area during PM Modi's stay. The PM is expected to remain in Kanniyakumari from Thursday evening until June 1. The Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy have also been instructed to maintain a tight vigil, reported media.

Today, Vivekananda Rock can be reached via a 15-minute ferry ride from Vavathurai. In 1892, however, Swami Vivekananda swam from the shores of Kanyakumari to the islet to meditate.

His followers believe that he meditated there for three days and three nights, attaining enlightenment. Before this, Swami Vivekananda had spent four years traveling across India, and it was at Kanyakumari that he finally formulated his philosophy.

When was the memorial built?

On the eve of Swami Vivekananda’s birth centenary in 1963, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee, led by RSS activist Eknath Ranade, initiated efforts to commemorate the visit of Swami Vivekananda to “Shripada Parai” on December 24, 25 and 26 1892 for meditation and enlightenment. The memorial on the rock was officially inaugurated by President V. V. Giri in 1970.

Why did PM Modi choose the Vivekananda Rock for meditation?

Prime Minister Modi has long regarded Swami Vivekananda as a role model. In his youth, he was a member of the Ramakrishna Mission, a spiritual and philanthropic organization established by Swami Vivekananda.

During the Mission’s 125th anniversary celebrations last year, Modi stated, "Swami Vivekananda had a grand vision of India, and I am sure he is proudly watching India working to fulfill this vision."

The choice of the Vivekananda Rock as the site for Prime Minister Modi’s meditative retreat particularly signifies his strong focus on the South during this year’s Lok Sabha campaign. More than a third of the prime minister’s trips to the South have taken place in the last three years, including seven visits to Tamil Nadu in 2024 alone.

Support Our Journalism

We cannot do without you.. your contribution supports unbiased journalism

IBNS is not driven by any ism- not wokeism, not racism, not skewed secularism, not hyper right-wing or left liberal ideals, nor by any hardline religious beliefs or hyper nationalism. We want to serve you good old objective news, as they are. We do not judge or preach. We let people decide for themselves. We only try to present factual and well-sourced news.

Support objective journalism for a small contribution.