July 28, 2009

Valluvar Kottam, Chennai

Site Name: Valluvar Kottom
Site Type: Monument
Location:  Nungambakkam, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A modern day structure with the beauty of typical South Indian architecture style
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India

Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road as this is centrally located in the city
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

Chennai is considered as the gateway to South India. The capital city of Tamil Nadu state of India has hundreds of tourist sites, which include museums, British period monuments, temples, beach, etc.

Let me write about one of the most popular landmarks of Chennai - Valluvar Kottam. Valluvar Kottam is the memorial monument to the great Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar.

Thiruvalluvar was arguably the best poet of Tamil language. One set of people believe that he lived in  the 2nd century BCE and there is another set, which believes his period was after Christ. There are lot of stories and myths about the life of this great poet, which are not relevant to this post.

Thirukkural was the best work by Thiruvalluvar. It consists of 133 chapters and each chapter consists of 10 couplets (kural) thus making the total of 1330 couplets.

Valluvar Kottam was constructed in 1976 CE. All 1330 couplets (kurals) are inscribed on the granite pillars in the front hall corridors. The memorial structure resembles a temple chariot and a life size statue of Thiruvalluvar stands atop the chariot.

The auditorium at Valluvar Kottam can accommodate about 4000 people. An unknown fact is that this auditorium is one of the largest auditoriums in Asia. Unfortunately, except for some Government functions and some hand loom trade fairs, no major event is happening in this auditorium.

The memorial is located at Kodambakkam area. You can reach this place easily by auto rickshaw or public transport. The distance from Central railway station to this place is approximately 7 kms. More to come about Chennai. Till then...

Happy travelling.

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