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Jatayu Sculpture
The Eco-tourism wing of the State Government’s Tourism Development has adopted the sixty acres atop The “Jatayu Rock” for developing the area as a tourist attraction. The development project will in no way mar the natural beauty of the rock and whatever is going to be built will be in harmony with the surroundings. The facilities would help the visitors to enjoy the caves and creeks of the rocky environment. There would be a winding foot path leading up to the top stretching to several kilometers. The path will be lit and there will be places for rest, kiosk for tea, coffee and snacks etc. A few honey-moon cottages are also being planned. Right on top the rock the building of a huge functional sculpture of the Great Bird Jatayu is under way. It is 60 ft tall, 150 ft broad and 200 ft long. This will have three storeys and would among other attractions, house a museum and mini film theatre. The form of the Bird would be lying on its back with a broken wing, raising its head. The visitors who enter the sculpture can literally have a Bird’s Eye View as the Jatayu’s eyes are planned to be round windows opening to the world. Once finished, Jatayu sculpture would be the biggest functional sculpture in the Asian continent. It can be termed as the tallest sculpture as well. The news that the biggest functional sculpture is being built on The Jatayu Rock is slowly spreading. It would be useful to tourists if this site is included in the National Tourism Map as it is situated close to MC Road which is the route for lots of Ayyappa Pilgrims who travel via Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. For the spiritual tourists from other states of India Jatayu Rock can doubtlessly turn into a great attraction. It would be especially attractive to North Indian Pilgrims who are largely Ram devotees.

A huge sculpture of a mythological bird from the Indian epic Ramayana will be built atop a rock at Chadayamangalam situated on the South East side of Kottarakara. There is a huge cluster of rocks called Jatayupara seen as a single rock, situated 1000 ft. above sea level covering an area of around 60 acres in Chadayamangalam (Jatayumangalam), in Kollam district. This comes into the view of travellers on the M.C. Road (Trivandrum-Kottayam) from a distance. Attracted by its majestic look many tourists visit this rock. The only way to reach the top is by foot. There are a few caves and crevices on way. Adventurous tourists specially enjoy this climb. Right on top of the rock, the building of a huge functional sculpture of the Great Bird Jatayu is under way. It is 60 ft tall, 150 ft broad and 200 ft long. This will have three storeys and would among other attractions, house a museum and mini film theatre. The form of the Bird would be lying on its back with a broken wing, raising its head. The visitors who enter the sculpture can literally have a Bird’s Eye View as Jatayu’s eyes are planned to be round windows opening out to the world. Once finished, Jatayu sculpture would be the biggest functional sculpture in the Asian continent. It can be termed as the tallest sculpture as well. The rock is ideal for trekking.

  Jatayu facts
Local legend links the rock with the great Indian Epic Ramayana. The place where Lord Rama found the dying Jatayu was named as Jatayumangalam, now known as Chadayamangalam, is in the Kollam district of Kerala. A huge rock in this place is named after Jatayu as Jatayupara and is a place of attraction for tourists. The news that the biggest functional sculpture is being built on The Jatayu Rock is slowly spreading. It would be useful to tourists if this site is included in the National Tourism Map as it is situated close to MC Road which is the route for lots of Ayyappa Pilgrims who travel via Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. For the spiritual tourists from other states of India Jatayu Rock can doubtlessly turn into a great attraction. It would be especially attractive to North Indian Pilgrims who are largely Ram devotees. It is a part of the legend that the rock suffered a cut from Jatayu’s beak as the Great Bird fell. Where the beak eventually pierced the rock turned into a pond. This pond never dries, even in mid summer. There are markings closely believed to be the foot points of Sri Rama. These sights greatly attract spiritual tourists. Jatayupara is definitely an attractive option for those who love adventure. In fact, the local administration is keen on converting and promoting the area as a major tourist centre.
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  Jatayu - From the myth
Jatayu is the son of Aruna and nephew of Garuda. A demi-god who has the form of a Vulture, he tries to rescue Sita from Ravana when Ravana abducted Sita and carried her to his country Sri Lanka on the famed aircraft Pushpaka. Jatayu, the Great Bird, attacked him mid air and an intense fight ensued at the end of which Ravana managed to cut off Jatayu’s wings. Jatayu is supposed to have fallen on top of this rock. The wounded bird lay there till Sri Rama visited this rock, looking for his wife. Jatayu told Rama what had happened and where Sita had gone. After giving this vital information to Rama, the bird attained liberation. Local people have established a Rama temple in commemoration of this legend. The story goes that when Jatayu fell, his beak hit the rock, forming a crater from which water sprang. Jatayupara is believed to be the place where Lord Rama first learnt about Sita's whereabouts and Lakshmana found some of her jewels. It is also said that Rama fed the injured Jatayu with the water from this same pond before the bird could narrate the happenings. This pond never dries, even in mid summer. There are certain markings close by believed to be the foot points of Sri Rama.

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  Proposed Jatayu sculpture – Exterior and interior
The facilities would help the visitors to enjoy the caves and creeks of the rocky environment. There would be a winding foot-path leading up to the top stretching to several kilometers. The path will be lit and there will be places for rest and kiosks for tea, coffee, snacks etc. A few honey-moon cottages are also being planned.

Right on top of the rock, the building of a huge functional sculpture of the Great Bird Jatayu is under way. It is 60 ft tall, 150 ft broad and 200 ft long. This will have three storeys and would among other attractions, house a museum and mini film theatre. The form of the Bird would be lying on its back with a broken wing, raising its head. The visitors who enter the sculpture can literally have a Bird’s Eye View as Jatayu’s eyes are planned to be round windows opening out to the world. Once finished, Jatayu sculpture would be the biggest functional sculpture in the Asian continent. It can be termed as the tallest sculpture as well. Top

  Proposed Jatayu sculpture physical characteristics
Jatayu Para, a huge rock is in Kollam district. This huge rock is in the Chadayamangalam village on the M.C. Road. The name comes from the epic, Ramayana. It is believed that Jatayu, the giant bird in the epic fell here after failing in its attempt to stop Ravana from taking Sita away. Noted sculptor and film maker Rajiv Anchal has designed the sculpture and expert structural engineers and architects are involved in its making. As the work is done at a height of 1000 ft a rope way has been built for transportation of materials. The news that the biggest functional sculpture is being built on The Jatayu Rock is slowly spreading. It would be useful to tourists if this site is included in the National Tourism Map as it is situated close to MC Road which is the route for lots of Ayyappa Pilgrims who travel via Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. For the spiritual tourists from other states of India the Jatayu Rock can doubtlessly turn into a great attraction. It would be specially attractive to Pilgrims from the north where Lord Rama is very popular. Expert structural engineers and architects are involved in its making.

Structural Consultant : Sreekumaran Nair (Retired Chief Engineer)
Architectural Consultant : Manu Muralidaran
Graphic Designer       : Padmajan. R

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The Eco-tourism wing of the State Government’s Tourism Development has adopted the sixty acres a top The “Jatayu Rock” for developing the area as a tourist attraction. The development project will in no way mar the natural beauty of the rock and whatever is going to be built will be in harmony with the surroundings. The facilities would help the visitors to enjoy the caves and creeks of the rocky environment. There would be a winding foot path leading up to the top stretching to several kilometers. The path will be lit and there will be places for rest, kiosk for tea, coffee and snacks etc. A few honey-moon cottages are also being planned. Right on top the rock the building of a huge functional sculpture of the Great Bird Jatayu is under way. It is 60 ft tall, 150 ft broad and 200 ft long. This will have three storeys and would among other attractions, house a museum and mini film theatre. The form of the Bird would be lying on its back with a broken wing, raising its head. The visitors who enter the sculpture can literally have a Bird’s Eye View as the Jatayu’s eyes are planned to be round windows opening to the world. Once finished, Jatayu sculpture would be the biggest functional sculpture in the Asian continent. It can be termed as the tallest sculpture as well.



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  Current status

A huge sculpture of a mythological bird from the Indian epic Ramayana is under construction at the top of a Rock. It will be completed by 2008. The 200-foot long, 150-foot wide and 60-foot tall 'functional' sculpture of Jatayu will be built on a 1,000-foot tall rock at Chadayamangalam Noted sculptor and film maker Rajiv Anchal has designed the sculpture and expert structural engineers and architects are involved in its making. As the work is done at a height of 1000 ft a rope way has been built for transportation of materials.



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  Chadayamangalam

Chadayamangalam, the land of Cashews, Jackfruit, Pepper, Coconut and Rubber Plantation is situated on the South East side of Kottarakara Taluk. This is one among the large block in the district with an area of 249.03 sq.kms. Paddy, Coconut, Rubber, Tapioca, Pepper, Cashew, Banana, Areca, Nuts etc. are the major crops under cultivation in the block. Two industrial estate and five industrial co-operative Institutions are functioning here. Population is of 20,000. Panchayath includes Chithra, Kadakkal, Chadayamangalam, Ittiva, Velinalloor, Elamadu & Nilamel. A huge sculpture of a mythological bird from the Indian epic Ramayana is under construction at the top a Rock. It will be completed by 2008. The sculpture will house a historical museum, a mini theatre. The 200-foot long, 150-foot wide and 60-foot tall 'functional' sculpture of Jatayu will be built on a 1,000-foot tall rock at Chadayamangalam. According to the Ramayana, when demon king Ravana was on his way to Lanka on Pushpak Vimana (flying chariot) after abducting Lord Rama's wife Sita, he encountered Jatayu. On seeing Sita cry for help, Jatayu got into a fight with Ravana during which he cut the bird's wings. According to legend, Chadayamangalam, which was known as Jatayumangalam in local parlance, was the place where Jatayu fell after losing to Ravana. There are several other things about the place. It is one amongst the best Tourist spots in India. Ones the huge sculpture is completed the place will attract more Tourists to the place.



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Rajiv Anchal sculptor