Thiruvalluvar Statue Kanyakumari:
Thiruvalluvar Statue Kanyakumari is main attraction in Kanyakumari tour. The stone statue has installed by Tamilnadu Government, which is designed by sculptor Dr.V.Ganpathy Sthapathi. Thiruvalluvar statue is 133 feet height, stone sculptor of Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar. Tamil classic book Thirukkural was written by poet Thiruvalluvar. Thiruvalluvar statue is located near Vivekananda Memorial Rock in Kanyakumari. There is a separate rock near Vivekananda Rock Memorial, where the Thiruvalluvar statue has installed.
The foundation stone was laid on November-1979, and completed the construction in 1999 by sculptor Dr.V.Ganpathy Sthapathi. Thiruvalluvar statue was inaugurated and opened for public by Dr.M.Karunanidhi, chief minister of Tamil Nadu on 01-January-2000.
About Thiruvalluvar: Thiruvalluvar is the most popular Tamil poet and philosopher and scholar, who wrote the famous book “Thirukkural”. There are 133 Athikaram (topics) in Thirukkural, and each topics having 10 Kurals, totally 1330 Kurals in Thirukkural book. It is believed that Thiruvalluvar lived in ThirunainarKuruchi (village in Kanyakumari District) or Mylapore, during the period of 1st century and 4th century.
How to reach Thiruvalluvar Statue: Thiruvalluvar statue is situated in separate rock near Vivekananda Memorial Rock. Frequent boat service is available to Vivekananda Rock and Thiruvalluvar Statue.
Facts about Thiruvalluvar Statue:
Chief Sculptor – Dr.V.Ganapathy Sthapathi
Height of Thiruvalluvar statue – 95 feet
Total pieces of stones used in the statue- 1283
Weight of the statue – 2000 tons
Height of the Athaara Peedam – 38 feet
Total pieces of stone utilized – 672
Weight of the stones in the Peedam – 1500 tons
Total height of the monument – 133 feet
Height of the Alankara Mandapam – 38 feet
Number of stones used for the Mandapam- 1726
Weight of the stones in the Mandapam – 3500 tons
Total weight of the whole structure – 7000 tons
Number of steps upward to reach top – 70
Number of steps downward – 70