On Tiruvalluvar Day on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi and Chief Minister MK Stalin paid rich tributes to Tiruvalluvar, author of the Tamil classic and didactic literature, “Tirukkural”. ‘Tiruvalluvar Day’, observed on the second day of the ‘Thai’ Tamil month by the state government and others, is dedicated to the memory of the great Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar.
Modi tweeted, ”On Thiruvalluvar day, I pay homage to the great Thiruvalluvar. His ideals are insightful and practical…they are distinguished by their diverse nature and intellectual depth. Sharing a video I took last year of Thiruvalluvar statue and Vivekananda rock memorial in Kanyakumari. ”Governor Ravi showered the poet’s portraits placed in front of his ornate statues at Raj Bhavan and Marina waterfront with rose petals. Tamil Nadu Minister of Industries, Thangam Thennarasu, Union Minister of State, L Murugan and senior officials attended. In his message, Ravi said that Tiruvalluvar is a “shining sun in the cultural and spiritual firmament of Bharat”. The greatest scripture he bequeathed to mankind, the Thirukural is a source of the eternal universal spirituality of Bharat.” The Governor urged the youth to read, understand and assimilate the wisdom of Tirukkural. “It will be a deserved tribute to the great sage, to our rich cultural spiritual tradition and will reinforce the rhythm of a new rising Bharat,” he added.
Chief Minister Stalin here paid floral tributes to the statue of the holy philosopher at ‘Valluvar Kottam’ and presented prizes to school and college students who won the state-level painting competition ‘Kuraloviyam’ based on the ideals of Tirukkural. The drawing competition is part of the “Theerakadhal Tirukkural” initiatives ordered by Stalin to instill the moral teachings of Tirukkural in young people. Student awards also include a cash component, ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000.
Valluvar Kottam here is an imposing monument dedicated to the memory of Tiruvalluvar. The ancient work Tirukkural comprises 133 chapters and a total of 1330 couplets.
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