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45/365 – Valluvar Kottam

General information
Type: Monument
Town or city: Chennai
Country: India
Completed: 1976
Height: 39 metres (128 ft)

Design and construction
Architect: V. Ganapati Sthapati
Architecture firm: East Coast Constructions and Industries

 

 

The memorial to the poet-saint Tiruvalluvar is shaped like a temple chariot and is, in fact, the replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. A life-size statue of the saint has been installed in the chariot which is 33m. tall.

The 133 chapters of his famous work Thirukkural have been depicted in bas-relief in the front hall corridors of the chariot. The auditorium at Valluvar Kottam is said to be the largest in Asia and can accommodate about 4000 people. It stands as a modern memorial to the great poet who represents the glorious culture of the Tamils.

Thirukkural, are inscribed on the granite pillars that surround the auditorium and it has got no pillars for support. There is a 101-feet high temple chariot structure with a life-size image of the poet in it. This chariot is a replica of the temple car of Thiruvarur in Tamil Nadu. The base of the chariot shows in bas-relief the 133 chapters of the Thirukkural. Over 3,000 blocks of stone were used to create this memorial to Tamil culture.

Source:
http://www.tamilnadu-tourism.com/tamilnadu-monuments/valluvar-kottam.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valluvar_Kottam

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