Just a few feet above, at a distance
of 60 feet lies the grandiose Vivekandanda Memorial built in 1970 by the indefatigable
efforts of Sri Eknath Ranade, on the occasion marking the 77th Anniversary of Swamiji's historical speech at the
World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
This modern architectural marvel combines in itself many
styles of craftsmanship, like Pallava, Ajanthan, Pandyan etc. It has several parts, like Mukha
Mandapam, Sabha Mandapam, Dhyana Mandapam, 6ikharmas etc. all are done according to Silpha
sastra - following injunctions of Agamas at every stage of construction.
An imposing life size bronze status
of Swami Vivekananda draped in Parivrajak costume in standing posture is installed on a
high pedestal in the Sabha Mandapam. A wide variety of floral designs on the ornamental columns and ceiling
lifts the viewers to blissful world for awhile. The two well; decorated niches built near the entrance
facing the East are enshrfn ng the life-like portraits of Sri Rama Krishna Paramahamsa and Sri