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PM Modi pays tributes to Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar

  • Category
    History
  • Published
    25th Jan, 2022

Context

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Thiruvalluvar on the occasion of Thiruvalluvar Day, observed to mark the birth anniversary of Tamil poet and philosopher.

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About the Day

  • Thiruvalluvar Day is observed to honour his contribution either on January 15 or 16 as a part of the Pongal celebrations. 
  • The day is quite similar to Raksha Bandhan where women pray for the well-being of their brothers. 
  • The women perform the rituals in the morning. Rice is put at the centre of a leaf as a part of the ritual while the women ask for the well-being of their brothers. 
  • This is followed by an Arati and turmeric water is sprinkled on the “kolam”.

Who was Thiruvalluvar (the personality profile)?

  • Thiruvalluvar was a renowned philosopher and poet who was said to have lived in the 4th century BCE. 
  • His contribution to Tamil literature is immense, which is echoed through his works that continue to inspire people to this day. 
  • Thiruvalluvar is regarded as a cultural icon. His most popular work is a collection of couplets on politics, ethics, economy, and love, called "Thirukkuaaa".
  • A beautifully sculpted statue of the famed scholar exists in the city of Chennai. 
  • Recognised as the greatest Tamil scholar, a resolution to celebrate the day was passed on 17 January 1935.
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