Popularly called, Gandhi Mandapam, this is a major tourist attraction in Kanyakumari. When the Mahatma was cremated, his ashes were collected into 12 different urns and scattered throughout the country. The urn that was brought to Kanyakumari was kept at a spot inside the memorial before immersion. It is at this spot that the sun’s rays shine through a small hole in the roof on 2nd October every year.
Entry inside the memorial is free, but visitors are requested to maintain silence to preserve the sanctity of the place. Another popular activity is to visit the roof of the memorial to get a panoramic view of the ocean.
The Mahatma is said to have visited Kanyakumari twice, in 1925 and 1937. The entire mandapam is said to have been built in the Orrisa style of architecture and is 79 feet high- signifying the age of Gandhiji at the time of his death.
Guests who visit the memorial are requested to understand the significance of the place and conduct themselves in a dignified manner within the mandapam. This is a monument in memory of a person whom we Indians look up to as the ‘Father of the Nation’. Scribbling inside the memorial, snacking, or talking loudly should be avoided as a mark of respect.