Valluvar Kottam, Chennai

Valluvar Kottam, a chariot-like momument, dedicated to the ancient tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, is to find in Nungambakkam, Chennai.

It was constructed by M. Karunanidhi, and by architect V. Ganapati Sthapati, who is also the architect behind the Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari.

Thiruvalluvar, who lived between the 4th and 7th century CE, was a poet and philosopher, who has written the world-famous Thirukkural, a book with couplets on ethics, political/economical matters and love. It has 133 chapters, and 1330 verses. The 1330 verses are also to be find in the Valluvar Kottam’s front hall’s corridors. The chariot itself is 39 m tall, and is a replica of the famous Thiruvarur Chariot. There’s also a life-size statue of Thiruvalluvar installed in the monument.

~ AJ

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