In the concluding part of the four-part series of the intriguing facts of ‘Thirukkural’, we are sure you will be piqued by the book’s compendium of immortal wisdom and find a good excuse to grab a book for yourself or a friend. Here are more facts on the Thirukkural that will strike you pink.

Image of thiruvalluvar
  • Valluvur has been highly revered as a poet-saint over several centuries. A temple in honour of Valluvar was built in Mysore, Chennai, in the early 16th century.
  • As another tribute to Thirukkural and its author, a monument called “Valluvar Kottam” was constructed in Chennai in 1976.
  • The main elements of the monument include a high chariot which is 39-m high.
  • There is a replica of the chariot in Thiruvarur, the temple town of Tamilnadu, having a life-size statue of Thiruvalluvar. All 133 chapters (Adigaram) and 1330 verses (Kural) of the text are etched on bas-relief in the corridors of the main hall.
  • Thiruvalluvar is believed to have been the first non-royal Tamil personality to have his image embossed on a gold coin issued by the British Government in India.
  • It was K.R.Venugopal Sharma (b.1908) who first did a pencil sketching of Thiruvalluvar and also painted an apt portrait of him. It supposedly turned out to be the original appearance of the immortal poet.
  • In 1957, C.N.Annadurai, the former chief minister of Tamilnadu, recommended the then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, Bhaktavatsalam, to formally approve it as the recognised image of the saint-poet.
  • Interestingly, two years later the Indian Postal Service released the same portrait as a postal stamp.
  • When C.N.Annadurai became the Chief Minister of the state in 1967, he passed an order that every state government office should have Thiruvalluvar’s portrait hanged.
  • The biggest Thirukkural book is found in the EV.R Periyar Library in the Vellore Institute of Technology in Vellore.

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