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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thiruvalluvar Temple

There is a temple dedicated for the great Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar, who is believed to have lived 2000 years ago. This unique and rare temple dedicated to the great poet Tiruvalluvar is located in Mylapore locality of Chennai city in South India.
Located very near to the Mundakkanni amman temple, this is the birthplace of Thiruvalluvar and little known even to the locals. The site where the temple is located is believed to be the birthplace of Tiruvalluvar. A more than 2000 years old Iluppai tree under which Thiruvalluvar is said to have born got damaged in 1935 and the base of the tree is being protected with a cover. There is a famous incident in Thiruvalluvar-Vasuki life in which, while Vasuki was fetching water in a pot from a well, Thiruvalluvar called her and she went leaving the pot as it was but incidentally the pot remained half way as it was. This historical well can be seen here.

The main shrine has the big idol of Tiruvalluvar. The bronze idols (utsav) of Tiruvalluvar and his consort Vasuki are also found in the main shrine. Vasuki is also present in the separate shrine in the corridor (prakara).

Ekambareswarar and Kamatchi are the main deities along with Vinayahar, Murugar, Navagrahas and Saneeswarar shrines. The Ekambareswarar shrine is considered as the birth place of Thiruvalluvar by some researchers and as the Samadhi by others.

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