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 On the rocks in the mid sea at Kanniyakumari

THIRUVALLUVAR, Gandhi Mandabam
author of THIRUKKURAL - A Sagacious saint born before the Christ ( i.e. about 30 years before the Jesus Christ) Tamils take cognizance of the birth of Thiruvalluvar as a basis of the calendar. Now we are in the 2032 of Thiruvalluvar Aandu.

Thirukkural is regarded as a renowned work, that is eulogised as a directory of code of conduct and ethics to the Humanity, through his 1330 couplets, the revered poet not only deals with the general administration, but also codified the clear cut directions to the mankind on how they should behave and act in a social, political, religious and family circles.

The work of Thiruvalluvar was translated into more than 60 languages world wide. The magnificient 133 foot height statue denoting the chapters in Thirukkural has been opened for Tourist's visit in the midst of sea on 1.1.2000 in Kanniyakumari.

THE ROCKS FOR THE SCULPTURE CAME FROM Sirudhamoor, Pattumalaikuppam Hills and Ambasamudram Hills.


Height of the Statue 95 ft.
Height of the pedestal 38 ft.
Statue along with the pedestal 133 ft.
Height of the face 10 ft.
Height of the body part 30 ft.
Height of the thigh part 30 ft.
Height of the leg part 20 ft.
forearm 10 ft.
Length of the manuscript 10 ft.
Width of the Shoulder 30 ft.
Length of the hairdo 5 ft.
Peripheral wall including the statue and the mandap 60 ft. x 50 ft.
10 Elephants each as tall as 5'6 inches
Weight of pedestal, statue and the wall 7000 tonnes
Chief Sculptor Thiru. V. Ganapathi Sthapathi
Sculptors and other worksmen 500

Thirukural is a precious gem among the classics, unique in the deliverance of code of conduct to the mankind to follow for all time to come. It enshrines in it 1330 couplets under 133 chapters, each chapter comprising 10 verses. The chapters again fall under three major divisions. Virtue, Wealth and Love. This treatise encompasses the whole gamut of human life and by Thiruvalluvar, its illustrious author illuminates every bit of it. This classical work written in Tamil, has been translated in over 60 languages of the world.

The Government of Tamil Nadu had a vision(far beyond) the Horizon. Yes, to raise a statue of Thiruvalluvar in Kanniyakumari, the southern tip of the mainland at the confluence of the three seas befitting the statue of this Saint-poet. The statue that was dedicated at the dawn of the new millennium, stands out as a beacon of light to guide human life for ever.


The statue with 95' and the pedestal supporting it with 38ft, the structure is thus a standing mammoth commanding a total height of 133ft. An artistic peripheral wall around the statue, thereby forms a captivating mandap.


The pedestal represents the 38 chapters on "Virtue" and the 95' statue standing on the pedestal represents "Wealth" and "Pleasure" signifying that Wealth and Love be earned and enjoyed on the foundation of Virtue solid.


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