Sunday, September 17, 2017

Statues of India 3: Thiruvalluvar Statue

Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari

At 133ft the Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumari is the tallest statue in India built for mortal beings.

Also read about few other Statues of India.

Thiruvalluvar is well known for his work Thirukural. The statue was unveiled on 1st January 2000. The 133ft represents the 133 chapters present in the book. The 38ft pedestal represent the 38 chapters in the book on the topic virtue. The statue stands tall next to the vivekanadar rock memorial.

133 chapters of Thirukural contains 10 couplets each and a total of 1330 couplets. The book is grouped into three sections each dealing with virtue (அறத்துப்பால்), wealth (பொருட்பால்) and love (காமத்துப்பால்).

This is the most translated book in India under non religious category.

His birth place or year or family or any other details is not available clearly. It is generally assumed he was born somewhere between 4 BC to 7 BC. Some claim he was born in 300 BC. His religion was unknown so every major religion claim him as their own including Christianity.

Honors among many other:

Thiruvalluvar day is celebrated on 15th Jan every year (16th in leap years) in his honor.

Valluvar Kottam is another major monument in Chennai built in 1976 in honor of the great Tamil poet.

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