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The Gandhi Memorial Mandapam has been built in a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi who had visited Kanyakumari in 1925 and 1937 on the spot near to Kumari Amman Temple. The Mahatma’s ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion in the sea on February 12, 1948.
The Mandapam is built in Odisha style of architecture and designed in such a way that on his birthday, 2 October, the rays of the sun, through a hole on the roof, falls exactly on the place where the urn was kept.
Resembling central Indian Hindu temples in form, the memorial was designed in such a way that on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, 2 October, the first rays of the sun fall on the exact place where his ashes were kept.
The beautiful Gandhi Memorial completed in 1956, is situated as a memorial to the Father of the Nation. Its central shape is 79 feet high representing the age of the Mahatma.
The memorial was transferred to the administrative control of the Public (Information and Public Relations) Department from Public Works Department of Government of Tamil Nadu in the year 1978.