Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Founded In: 1976
Dedicated To: Thiruvalluvar, a Tamil poet-saint
Valluvar Kottam is one of the most popular monuments of Chennai, the
capital city of Tamil Nadu. It is situated at the meeting point of the
Kodambakkam High road and the Village road. The magnificent monument
dates back to the year 1976 and was constructed in the memory of
Thiruvalluvar, the classical Tamil poet-saint. He was also the author of
Thirukkural, written approximately 20000 years ago. The site where the
structure of Valluvar Kottam is situated once housed an unused lake.
One of the modern landmarks of Chennai, the edifice has been built in
the form of a temple chariot and is made of around 3000 blocks of stone.
It is believed to be a replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur. The
bas-relief in the front hall corridors stands adorned with all the 133
chapters of the Thirukkural, which comprise of 1330 verses. Valluvar
Kottam rises to a height of approximately of 39 meters and has a
marvelous life-size statue of the saint. The auditorium of the buildings
is colossal in size and can accommodate upto 4000 people at a time.