Saturday 11 April 2020

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Jatayu Earth Centre in Kerala

While Ravana was abducting Seeta in his Pushpak Viman, there were many creatures who witnessed it. But there was only one to act on it. The son of Aruna, nephew of Garuda and brother of Sampaati;  a demi-god in the form of vulture, the Vulture King Jatayu, who also happened to be a friend of Dashratha. Jatayu gave Ravana a tough fight before Ravana cut off his wings and killed him.

As a child when my mom had recited the story of Jatayus fight with Ravana, I was mesmerized. Why?
Because I felt Jatayu was a true feminist even in times when the term wasn't even coined. And he understood the concept of consent better than the immortals.

Inspite of being old and weak and knowing that he was no match for Ravanas strength he did his best to save Sita.
If this is not hero then I don't know what is.

Early last year, I learnt that a huge statue of Jatayu was built somewhere in Kerala and I was astonished by its size, architecture and beauty.

I had to visit it.
And in September last year, we made an impromptu plan to visit Kerala and I made sure we included Jatayu in the itinerary. This was a special trip for me because I was planning to introduce Jatayu to Ishanvi and it was a huge thing for me.
She was shocked and surprised to see the huge structure and was running around it in glee.
As far as I am concerned I was :
- proud to see such a beautiful structure in my country,
- at peace because Jatayu finally received the recognition he deserved
- and happy I could visit it.

Here are my Top reasons to visit the Jatayu Earth Centre:
  • It is a 200 feet long, 150 feet wide and 75 feet tall sculpture that stands at an altitude of 350m above mean sea level. This is what makes it the largest functional bird sculpture in the world and has got a place in the Guinness Book of World Records too.
  • It is a STATUE dedicated to WOMEN SAFETY AND HONOUR. The sculpture sits at the spot where Jatayu took his last breath, after he put up a brave fit against the  powerful Ravana to save Sita.
  • There are beak marks of Jatayu and footprints of Rama at this spot which have been preserved. Since this sculpture is situated 1,000 feet above the sea level, one can enjoy bird’s eye from the sculpture.
  • This park will not only interest spirituals, but also adventure junkies. It has an adventure zone and has games like paintball, laser tag, archery, rifle shooting,rock climbing, and bouldering, etc.
  • Another major attraction is the facility of the cable car. It is an ultra modern cable facility imported from Switzerland which is fun to experience.
If this is not enough to make you visit the place once the quarantine ends, let me tell you one more thing. It is just 50 kms away from the international airport.


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