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A swimmer’s tribute to Vivekananda

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FEAT:S.P. Muraleedharan swimming towardsthe Vivehananda rock memorial inKanyakumari on Friday.
FEAT:S.P. Muraleedharan swimming towardsthe Vivehananda rock memorial inKanyakumari on Friday.

: To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a swimmer from Kerala crossed the 1.5-km distance from the shore to Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari on Friday though the sea was relatively rough.

Braving the menacingly lashing waves and the dangerous rocky sea, the 38-year-old S.P. Muraleedharan of Thirunalloor in Alleppey district of Kerala, jumped into the sea near Poompuhar boat jetty at 12.15 p.m. and started swimming towards the 43-year-old Vivekananda Rock Memorial, majestically sitting on a rock, known as ‘Shripaada paarai’ on which the great spiritual teacher meditated in 1892. As Mr. Muraleedharan had planned to reach the rock memorial after swimming around it, he had to cross the narrow, but highly dangerous stony gap between the rock memorial and the rock on which sage Thiruvalluvar’s 133-feet-tall statue stands.

Though Mr. Muraleedharan was under grave threat for a while as he was crossing this gap due to the violently lashing tides, he managed it and successfully reached the rock memorial at 12.46 p.m.

“My next plan is to cross the Palk Strait (from Dhanushkodi to Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka),” said Mr. Muraleedharan, who had already crossed this region in 2012 from Thalaimannar to Dhanushkodi.

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