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Chennai Valluvar Kottam
Located on the corner of Kodambakkam High Road and Village Road, Valluvar Kottam is a memorial in honor of the Tamil poet-saint Thiruvalluvar.
Valluvar Kottam was opened in 1976 on land that was reclaimed from an unused lake. The structure is designed like a chariot, on the lines of the temple car of Thiruvarur. Inside you will find a huge stone statue of saint Thiruvalluvar.
Standing 39 meters tall, Valluvar Kottam has the 133 chapters of the famous 'Thirukkural' depicted on the granite base. Couplets from this famous work can also be seen on the corridors of the auditorium. This work and others by Thiruvalluvar are representative of the ancient culture of Tamil Nadu. The granite columns in the corridors carry the 1330 couplets of the Thirukkural. This stone edifice dedicated to Thiruvalluvar - (the name itself 'Valluvar Kottam' literally the 'palace of Thiruvalluvar' refers to the importance Tamils attached to Thiruvalluvar according to the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr.M.Karunanidhi, who built this monument ) is one of the few permanent landmarks of Chennai. Thiru kural literally means revered couplets. Every 2 line couplet describes the moral code of conduct. This literary work was written somewhere between the years 100 BC and AD 600.
A large auditorium, with a seating capacity of about 4000 people is found within the Valluvar Kottam. Valluvar Kottam auditorium is supported sans any pillars, due to the grid type of roofing. The venue is now often the location for various arts and handloom exhibitions. Check Chennai city guide to look for interesting exhibitions and events to be held in the Valluvar Kottam.