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[pib] Who was Thiruvalluvar?


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Thiruvalluvar

Mains level: Sangam Literature

The Prime Minister has extended his venerations to Thiruvalluvar on the Thiruvalluvar Day.

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Who was Thiruvalluvar?

  • Thiruvalluvar is fondly referred to as Valluvar by Tamils was born during 4th -5th century CE.
  • His ‘Thirukkural’, a collection of 1,330 couplets (‘kurals’ in Tamil), are an essential part of every Tamil household.
  • It holds importance in the same way the Bhagavad Gita or the Ramayana are in traditional North Indian Hindu households.
  • Thiruvalluvar is revered as an ancient saint, poet, and a philosopher by Tamils, irrespective of their religion.
  • He is an essential anchor for Tamils in tracing their cultural roots; Tamils are taught to learn his couplets word-for-word and to follow his teachings in their day-to-day living.

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