The famous Jatayupara at Chadayamangalam has been converted to the nature park preserving its mytholigical importance and natural beauty.
The park will have the largest bird sculpture of the world on top of the hill(200 feet long, 150 feet broad, 70 feet in height and having 15,000 square foot of floor area). The sculpture is that of the mythical bird Jatayu, who is said to have fallen after the fight with the Asura King Ravana who Kidnapped Sita, the wife of Lord Rama.
The Jatayupara is believed to be the place where Jatayu fell. The statue will house a digital museum and a 6D theatre as well.
Much more than just a park
The nature park is also set to have Ayurvedic Cave resorts and many adventure games like Paint ball, rock climbing, bouldering, archery, etc. The park is situated close to the Main Central Road in Kollam District of Kerala.
History of Jatayupara
The place has connections to the stories in the Hindu Indian epic called the Ramayana. History says that, when Ravan the king of asuras, kidnapped “Sita” wife of Lord Sri Rama and tried to take her to his kingdom Lanka, Jaday; the huge bird opposes and result in a battle between them.
In the war Ravan slit Jadayu’s one wing and escaped to Lanka with Sita. With a fatal wound, Jadayu falls on top of a big rock. Later Rama & Lakshmana found wounded Jadayu and Jadayu passed the message and died on the laps of Rama. Hence, the rock got the name Jadayupara.
Jatayu is the son of Aruna and nephew of Garuda who has the form of a vulture. When Ravana was on his way to Lanka on his flying chariot after abducting Sita, he encountered Jatayu.
This noble souled bird could not bear to hear poor Sita’s cry for help and got into a fight with the mighty Ravana. Ravana cut off Jatayu’s wings and he collapsed. Jadayu Para is well known as a tourist destination and a place of pilgrimage.
How to reach Jatayupara
It is easily accessible from the Kerala’s capital city Trivandrum as well at a distance of 48KM.
Nearest railway station: Kollam, about 38 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 51 km