Thiruvalluvar is a Tamil poet well known for his work Thirukkural. He lived around 2000 years ago. Thiruvalluvar day is observed every year on January 15, in the Thai month of Tamil Calendar, in honour of this literary giant.
Thiruvalluvar is also called as Valluvar as he belonged to Valluvar jathi, the weaver class. The word ‘Thiru’ is honorific to the name Valluvar. He is respectfully referred to as Thiruvalluvar.
Thiruvalluvar as a Weaver
While it is not conclusive, Thiruvalluvar may have belonged to the Jain Religion.
A Towering Personality
As one of the towering personalities of this land, in the field of literature, his statues can be found all across the Tamil land. His statue at Kanyakumari is one of the prominent symbols of Tamil Nadu.
Thiruvalluvar Statue in Kanyakumari
In Indian stamps and coins
He has also been featured on stamps, coins and Indian currency.
Thiruvalluvar featured in Indian Coin and Stamp
Conferences and Courses in his name
Much like the conferences and university courses for Shakespeare, there exists the same for Thiruvalluvar, where the depth of his work and influence is researched and analyzed.
There is also a calendar in his name, the Thiruvalluvar Calendar which starts from his birthday. It is recognized as one among the official calendars of Tamil Nadu government.
A honour that no poet or literary giant enjoys!
Thirukurral, a major work of Thiruvalluvar in Tamil has been a guiding light on human morals and behavior to the people of this land for centuries.
A Palm leaf Manuscript of Thirukurral
Thiru means revered and Kural is a style of poetic writing. This revered work consists of 1330 couplets in 70 chapters and deal with many aspects of life, not just philosophy, but also about worldly matters. It is available in 37 major languages of the world, including foreign languages like Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish among others. Probably, the most translated work after Bible.
On this day, let us imbibe atleast a few morals that this great poet brings out in his couplets, in ‘just 2 lines’.