Two thousand police personnel stand guard in Kanyakumari during the Prime Minister’s rock memorial meditation

KANYAKUMARI (Tamil Nadu), May 29: All arrangements, including tight security, have been made for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 45-hour stay here on Thursday at the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial at sea as he would sit meditating at the place named after the revered Hindu saint.
The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu petitioned the District Collector against granting permission for the Prime Minister’s spiritual residence, citing the election model code of conduct in force, besides the ongoing tourist season that sees good inflow of domestic and would bring foreign tourists.
The beach is off-limits to tourists from Thursday to Saturday and private boats are also not allowed to sail.
The district at the southernmost tip of the country will have a strong presence of 2,000 police personnel and several security forces will keep a close watch on the prime minister’s event, five years after he performed a similar meditation exercise in a Kedarnath Cave.
Modi will meditate at Rock Memorial, a monument built in honor of Swami Vivekananda, here after the culmination of the Lok Sabha poll campaign on May 30, BJP leaders had said.
He will meditate from the evening of May 30 to the evening of June 1 at Dhyan Mandapam, the place where Vivekananda – a spiritual icon admired by Modi – is said to have had a divine vision of ‘Bharat Mata’, BJP leaders said.
The Prime Minister is also likely to offer prayers at the famous Sri Bhagavathy Amman Temple here. Ahead of his departure on June 1, Modi is likely to visit the Thiruvalluvar statue, a towering 130-foot sculpture erected for the Tamil bard. The complex is located next to the rock monument.
Security has been beefed up ahead of Modi’s visit. Tirunelveli range DIG Pravesh Kumar, accompanied by Superintendent of Police E Sundaravathanam, had inspected security arrangements at the rock monument, jetty, helipad and government guest house here.
Even as the Prime Minister’s core security team reached the site, a helicopter landing trial had also been conducted at the helipad.
Around 2,000 police personnel would be deployed in and around Kanyakumari, which is on the international tourism map.
The presence of the Sri Bhagavathy Amman Temple on the coast close to the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Tiruvalluvar statue and the clean beach also add to the charm of the destination.
The official website of Kanyakumari district administration said of the rock: “According to legend, it was on this rock that Goddess Kanniyakumari did Tapas (meditation).”
As per his tentative schedule, Modi is expected to arrive in Kanyakumari late afternoon on May 30 for the spiritual sojourn. He would go to the monument later.
He is likely to remain at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial till 3 pm on June 1, when the country will vote in the seventh and final phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
As the Prime Minister would stay for about 45 hours for meditation, the Coastal Security Group, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy would maintain a vigil along the maritime borders, a source said.
BJP officials had earlier said that Modi’s decision to choose the Kanyakumari site for his spiritual abode underlines his commitment to bringing Vivekananda’s vision for the country to fruition.
He sounds confident about returning to power for a third term after the votes are counted on June 4. The final phase of the elections is scheduled for June 1. The election campaign ends two days before the elections.
The rock, where the Prime Minister will meditate, had a great impact on Vivekananda’s life and has a similar significance in the monk’s life as Sarnath did for Gautam Buddha, they said.
It was here that Vivekananda arrived after wandering around the country, where he had meditated for three days and had a vision for a developed India, they said.
“Meditating at the same place shows Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to bring alive Swami ji’s vision of a Viksit Bharat,” said a BJP leader, adding that the place is also mentioned in sacred texts as the place of goddess’ meditation Parvati for Lord Shiva.
“Prime Minister Modi is sending a signal of national unity by going to Kanyakumari,” a leader said, adding that it also shows his deep commitment and affection for Tamil Nadu that he is visiting the state even after the elections.
The Prime Minister had made several visits to the state earlier this year, combining official work with visits to places of religious significance such as Dhanushkodi, which has a Ramayana connection. (PTI)

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