“Truth is the speaking of words that do not produce even the smallest evil to others”
Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM. Weekly Holiday: Friday.
That was a snippet from the famous book in Tamil called ‘Thirukkural’ which was written by Thiruvalluvar around 1st Century BC. There are 1330 Couplets/ verses in this book containing sayings/ quotes that people could follow in their lives. Thirukkural is considered to be a timeless marvel and its sayings, always applicable at any age.
Valluvar Kottam is a monument to Thiruvalluvar and his Thirukkural. It is situated right in the center of Chennai, near Nungambakkam/ Gemini. Valluvar Kottam is an important bus stand, and though I have gone through this place many times, I never went inside to see this park/ monument until now.
“Mere smiles of the face do not constitute friendship. True friendship dwells deep in the smiles of the heart”
The Valluvar Kottam monument was constructed in 1976 and features a Stone Chariot with a life size statue of Thiruvalluvar sitting inside it. This Stone Chariot is 39 meters high.
There is a hall next to this chariot where exhibitions and fairs are conducted occasionally. The Pet Aqua exhibition photos that I posted the other day, was held in this venue. The hall is supported by stone pillars and can hold up to 4000 people. It seems all the 1330 verses / couplets have been inscribed in the hall, though I was not able to find any. Probably I didn’t look out for it!
“The wound caused by fire will heal from inside, but that caused by the tongue will never heal”