jadayu para

Jatayu Para or Jatayu Rock which is connected with the mythical character Jatayu in the epic Ramayana. It is located at Chadayamangalam, 30 kms from Kollam, on Thiruvananthapuram – Kottayam M.C.Road. Chadayamangalam village is on the South East side of Kottarakara.Jatayu, a gigantic bird, tries to rescue Sita from the hands of Ravana and fell on the rock and made his last breath after fighting courageously with Ravana. This curious rock formation is named as Jatayupara after the incident. Jatayu Para is believed to be the place where Lord Rama and Lakshmana came to know about the kidnapping of Sita.The huge single rock is situated 2000 ft above sea level covering an area of around 60 acres. We can see a triangular shaped tiny pond on the top of the mountainous rock which never dries up even in the hottest summer. Some believe that the pond has been created when Rama pressed his feet to on the rock to give water to Jatayu who was on his last breath. But others believe when Jatayu fell and his beak hit the rock , forming the natural spring on the rock.There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Rama at the top of the rock. It can be reached by climbing steep steps. An annual crafts mela is conducted every year during December – January and craftsmen from various parts flock together at the temple to display their products. This time devotees come in large numbers to offer their prayers to Lord Rama.The greatest attraction of the place is 60 ft tall,150 ft broad and 200 ft long sculpture of the Jatayu. The bird sculpture is designed in such a way that Jatayu lying on its back with a broken wing, raising its head .Noted sculptor and film maker Rajiv Anchal designed the Jatayu sculpture.Jatayu Para offers many options for adventure tourists. It is an ideal destination for trekking, rock climbing and hang-gliding.

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