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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 726

Kanyakumari is Thiruvalluvar's birth place

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon – Asian Tribune

Chennai, 27 April (Asiantribune.com): The Kanyakumari Historical and Cultural Research Centre had claimed to have located the ancient
Valluva Nadu, a territorial unit, said to have been
ruled by the Tamil saint-poet Tiruvalluvar, who lived
2000 years ago in the present hilly tracts of
Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu.

A three-member team, headed by its general secretary,
Dr S Padmanabhan, had discovered a hill named after
the poet and recorded several facts from a tribal
leader which are reflected in Tirukkural, a treatise
authored by Tiruvalluvar.

According to the Centre, Valluva Nadu had appeared in a
copper plate inscription of the 9th and 10th century
AD.

The recent field research undertaken by the team
corroborated the fact that Tiruvalluvar was born in
Tirunayanarkurichi in the erstwhile Valluva Nadu and
not Mylapore, in Chennai, or Madurai.

The team interviewed the head of the Kaani tribes,
named 'Kaliyan Kaani' and locally known as
Moottukaani, aged about 105, and recorded several new facts, which are reflected in the Tirukkural, sources from the Centre
said.

The Moottukaani said Tiruvalluvar was their king
who ruled Valluva Nadu and he used to visit the hilly
tract with his wife and consume honey and 'thinai' (little millet)
flour.

Kaani said their ancestors used to worship
Tiruvalluvar after his death and that this worship
continues even now. The place where Tiruvalluvar took rest came to be known as 'Valluvankalpotrai' (Valluvan Hill) and the adjoining
hill was called 'Valluvathi Potrai' in the name of his wife.

'The study of Kaani settlement reveals that their
lifestyle and mode of worship reflects Tirukkural.

It also confirmed the existence of four kinds of land as
classified by Tholkappiyar, another ancient poet,' the
sources said. Dr Padmanabhan has requested the State
Government to protect the Valluvan Hill and also
include in textbooks 'The fact that Tiruvalluvar was
born in Kanyakumari district.'

- Asian Tribune-

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