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In the southern tip of the Peninsular India, off the Coramandal coast of Kanyakumari, in a small inland with the back drop of the confluence of three seas - the Arabian sea, the Indian ocean and the Bay of Bengal, stands on the rock a massive and an imposing statue of Thiruvalluvar, one of the greatest Tamil poets ever lived.
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Thiruvalluvar was born in Mylapore, Chennai to Aathi, a dalit woman and Bhagavan, a Brahmin. Thiruvalluvar is thought to have lived sometime between the 3rd century BC and the 1st century BC His work Thirukural, about the essence of life, is the best in Tamil literature packed with sum and substance. Thirukkural is one of the most revered ancient works in the Tamil language. It is considered a compendium on ethics, providing a guide for human morals and betterment in life, touching all phases of human life. Thirukkural has been translated into several languages including a translation into Latin in 1730 by Constanzo Beschi, an Italian Missionary and a scholar in Tamil in 1730, which helped make the work known to European intellectuals.
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The sculptor of this statue was Dr. V. Ganpati Sthapathi. It took roughly 10 years for him to complete the work. September 1990 -1999.
This statue is erected next to the Vivekananda Rock memorial. It is worth mentioning here in the 2004 December 26 tsunami incident that greatly affected the east coat of India, and many countries, the people watching TV were aghast to see the giant tidal waves surging past almost the shoulder height of the Thiruvalluvar statue off the coast of Kanyakumari.
01. Tamil, a Dravidian language (the word Dravidian was used by the British Tamil Scholars and the word was never used in the early Sangam period) widely spoken in Tamil Nadu, is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world.
02. The only language of contemporary India which is recognisably continuous with a classical past.
03. Tamil literature has existed for over 2000 years.
04. The Tamil Lexicon, published by the University of Madras, is the first among the Indian languages.
05. Literature in all Dravidian languages owes a great deal to Sanskrit, the magic wand whose touch raised each of the languages from a level of patois to that of a literary idiom" (Sastri 1955, p. 309);
06. By the same token, Tamil is the only South Indian language with minimum Sanskritic words.
07. In the Sangam period and later, many venerated scholars in Tamil had a good knowledge of Sanskrit
Meenakshisundaran, T.P. (1965), A History of Tamil Language, Poona: Deccan College