This was my first sightseeing stop that was closest to my hotel that was in Kodambakkam. Since it was just 3 km away, I planned this visit as this is a monument built after a well-known poet, philosopher and saint – Saint Thiruvalluvar, who penned his well-known Thirukkural more than 2,000 years ago; I was just taken aback with the architectural beauty at Chennai Valluvar Kottam. My SLR was just clicking and taking in the beauty of this historic temple built in honor of saint Thiruvalluvar with his big stone effigy. One unique feature of this place is, it stands without any pillars for support. It is without any base and still standing upright and strong till date.
The Valluvar Kottam in Chennai was built by Mr. M. Karunanidhi, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in the year 1976. It is located on a place that was a dumping ground earlier for the garbage of Chennai city. Thankfully, good sense prevailed and they did away with it and built a monument that is now revered by all. It is shaped like a temple chariot. This chariot is a replica of the one in Thiruvarur in Tamil Nadu.
Chennai Valluvar Kottam has an auditorium too, which is said to be the largest in Asia and can accommodate about 4000 people. 3000 blocks of stone was used to build this memorial. I just grasped what the guide was explaining to some group of students that had come to Chennai on a study tour.
This saved me my money to hire a guide to learn about this place. This place was teeming with tourists though it was an off-season time for tourists. One can just sit there and gaze at the different writings and works etched on the walls. It feels so serene and beautiful that you do not want to move and go from there. However, readers do take note of this, as this lovely monument is not opened on Fridays and public holidays. It would have been disappointing to me if after coming here, I would not get to bask in its beauty and since I had a time constrain, I would not be able to come back again.