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Good Bye 2013!! With this photo I bid adieu to the year of 2013. I wish all my TE friends a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!

The above shot is taken from Kanyakumari or Cape of Comorin, the southern most tip on the mainland of Indian sub continent.
The temple silhouette seen on the left is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the statue to the right is that of great Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar.
The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is situated on one of the 2 rocks coming out of the Indian Ocean. It is situated 500 metres away from the mainland. It is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda the Hindu spiritual leader from Bengal. He visited this rock during the month of December in 1892. He swam to this place and medidated there for several days. He attained enlightment over there and henceforth became a reformer and philosopher. His teachings are still followed by many in India.
It was built over a span of six years and was inaurgarated and dedicated to the nation in 1970. It enjoys the status of a National monument.
The statue to the right is the 133 feet high statue of great Tamil poet and saint Ayyan Thiruvalluvar. It has a total weight of 7000 tonnes.
It was sculpted by the Indian sculptor Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, who also created the Iraivan Temple.
It was built over a span of 10 years and was inaurgarted by the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu on 1st January, 2000.

Both the temple and the statue can be reached by frequent ferry services from the Indian mainland.
The rocks on which the statue and the temple are situated is also important geographically, because that is the exact point of confluence between The Indian Ocean, The Bay of Bengal and The Arabian Sea. One can distinctly make out the difference in color of these three water bodies.
Both the temple and statue were hit by giant tidal waves of the Indian Ocean Tsunami on December 26, 2004 but miraculously escaped with minimal damages to the structures.

Thanks for stopping by.

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  • Copyright: Subho Banerjee (Subhogen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 407 W: 14 N: 908] (4063)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-12-31
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.5, 1/450 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-12-31 1:29
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