Thursday, 14 May 2020

The Largest Bird Sculpture In The World - Jatayu Nature Park - Chadayamangalam - Kollam

Jatayu Earth’s Center, also known as Jatayu Nature Park or Jatayu Rock, is a park and tourism centre at Chadayamangalam in Kollam district of Kerala. It stands at an altitude of 350m (1200ft) above mean sea level. Jatayu Nature Park is holding the distinction of having the world’s largest bird sculpture (200 feet (61 m) long, 150 feet (46 m) broad, 70 feet (21 m) in height and having 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of floor area) of the great bird Jatayu. With the bird-sculpture being sculpted by Rajiv Anchal himself, this rock-theme nature park is the first PPP tourism initiative in the state of Kerala under the BOT model. The park is about 38 km (24 mi) away from the city of Kollam and 46 km (29 mi) away from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram.

Jatayu Earth’s Center
Jatayu Earth’s Center
There is a story that is familiar to almost every resident in Chadayamangalam village in Kollam district, Kerala. Legend has it that it was on a rocky peak near the village that the mythological giant eagle of the Ramayana fell while fighting Ravana. Thereafter, the place came to be known as ‘Jatayumangalam’. Over the years, it became Chadayamangalam and the peak became Jatayupara (Jatayu rock). Sculptor/filmmaker Rajiv Anchal heard the story over a thousand times. “It is a powerful story with a fascinating character and has driven my imagination all these years,” says the master sculptor, who spent the last 10 years bringing the legend to life.

Jatayu Earth’s Center
Jatayu Earth’s Center
It may be inspired by Hindu mythology, but the project is envisaged as a monument on the lines of The Statue of Liberty. Anchal is wary of how important perspective is to a project like this. A misstep can easily turn the sculpture from a cultural symbol to a religious one. “Jatayu died protecting a woman’s honour and that is what the sculpture stands for. People of all faiths have invested in the project and people of all faiths will be coming to see it. My work is for all of them. For those looking for religion, there is the old temple just outside the compound,” he adds.

Jatayu Earth’s Center
Jatayu Earth’s Center
This is where the mythical Eagle: Jatayu is said to have fallen from the sky while trying to rescue Sita, the wife of Lord Rama when she was abducted by the demon king Ravana. Jatayu battled Ravana, who cut off his left wing and escaped with Sita. In keeping with the legend, this concrete version of Jatayu only has one wing. The epic of Ramayana has been brought back to life in the best way possible with this sculpture. This dedication to the Hindu epic Ramayana is also a tribute to Women’s Safety and honour.
Jatayu Earths Center Incorporates all aspects of tourism, offering a complete God’s own Country experience to each one of you. Spread across 65 acres of land, Jatayu Earth's Center has elegant and mesmerizing elements that lures you for a visit! Indian folklore, dance, drama and other art forms are deeply influenced by mythological beliefs and they play an important part in creating India’s cultural imagination. The world’s biggest bird sculpture is now in God’s Own Country and is dedicated to Jatayu who laid down his life trying to save Sita.

Jatayu Earth’s Center
Jatayu Earth’s Center
This masterpiece creation of Mr Rajiv Anchal took 10 years of dedicated work by him and his team of experienced sculptors. This beautiful giant statue of Jatayu is built on a mighty rock named Jatayupara (para means rock in Malayalam). With its staggering set of measurements, it also features meticulous details including individually decorated and layered feathers. The mind-blowing statue of this eagle has impressive wings that splay onto the ground. Constructed out of compacted concrete (except for the talons, which are stainless steel), Jatayu is an embodiment of valour and chivalry.

Jatayu Earth’s Center
Jatayu Earth’s Center
In addition to being visually stunning, the sculpture is also an adventure and Nature Park. This adventure eco-park offers activities such as abseiling, zip-lining, rock climbing rappelling, paintball, and rifle shooting. Inside it lies a digital museum, a 6D theatre and one can get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside via an observation deck located inside the animal’s eyes. Apart from the 500 metre cable ride, there is a 1.5-km granite stone walkway built by 70-year-old stone mason Balan Pillai, who chiselled 60,000 stones by himself.

Jatayu Earth’s Center
Jatayu Earth’s Center

Timings:

10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Location:

Located in the heart of Kerala, it can be reached via a winding footpath or by cable car. Helicopter service can also be arranged and reservations can also be made online. Add this perfect destination to your bucket list; especially for those of you with a penchant for Indian mythology. This massive sculpture was a joint venture between the country’s tourism department and Rajiv Anchal (a film director and sculptor). This massive sculpture is situated in the Kollam district of Kerala, which is 50 kilometre from Trivandrum towards North (Cochin direction). If you are travelling from Cochin to Trivandrum, this is 170 kilometres from Cochin, 114km from Alleppey and is 40km from Kollam.

Jatayu Earth’s Center
Jatayu Earth’s Center

Address & Contact Details:

Jatayu Earth's Center
Jatayu Junction, Jatayu Nature Park Rd,
Chadayamangalam,
Pin Code : 691 534.
Kerala.

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