In the Hindu epic Ramayana, Jatayu (Sanskrit: जटायुः Jaṭāyuḥ) is a divine bird and the younger son of Aruṇa. His brother, Sampati, is a demi-god who has the form of a eagle and was an old friend of Dasharatha (Rama's father).

Ravana cuts off Jatayu's wing while abducting Sita

Places related to JatayuEdit

Ravana kills Jatayu.
  • According to the legend, it is believed that Jatayu fell on the rocks in Chadayamangalam in Kerala after his wings were clipped off by Ravana. Formerly, the place was called Jatayumangalam. This is the place which is mostly credited to the falling place of Jatayu since rocks there hold striking carvings of Jatayu's beak mark during his last breath and footprints of Lord Rama.
  • Lepakshi in Andhra Pradesh, India is also attributed to the place where Jatayu fell after being wounded by Ravana, and Ramarkal Mettu is the place where the last rites were performed. Rama is said to have commanded the bird to rise Le Pakshi (literally: "Get up, Bird" in Telugu), hence the name for the village.[1][2]

Sri Rama performs final funeral rites of JatayuEdit

After narrating about the Sita's abduction to Sri Rama and Lakshmana,the wounded Jatayu dies.Sri Rama then performed the final funeral rites of Jatayu. At this place the Sri Rama is worshipped as the Vijayaraghava Perumal in the Vijayaraghava Perumal temple.The water body where Jatayu fell is called Jatayu Theertham.[3][4]The same legend is also associated with Thirupullabhoothangudi Temple.[5]

Jatayu Nature ParkEdit

Jaṭāyū sculpture in Jaṭāyū Nature Park

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.[6][7] 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.

The phase two developments of the park is completed and opened to visitors on 17 August 2018.[8][9]

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  2. ^ "Lepakshi Temple - Lepakshi:: The Treasure House of Art and Sculpture". Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  3. ^ K.V., Raman; T., Padmaja (1995). "Indian Epic Values: Rāmāyaṇa and Its Impact : Proceedings of the 8th International Rāmāyaạ Conference". Peeters Publishers: 86. ISBN 9789068317015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ C., Chandramouli (2003). Temples of Tamil Nadu Kancheepuram District. Directorate of Census Operations, Tamil Nadu.
  5. ^ R., Dr. Vijayalakshmy (2001). An introduction to religion and Philosophy - Tévarám and Tivviyappirapantam (1st ed.). Chennai: International Institute of Tamil Studies. pp. 530–1.
  6. ^ "Jatayu Earth's Center Website". Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Kerala park to welcome visitors in Jan - Khaleej Times". Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Adventure Rock Hill open for visitors". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Enjoy a day of adventure at Jatayu Earth's Center". Outlook Traveller. Retrieved 7 December 2017.


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