The Thirukural written by Thiruvalluvar is synonymous with Tamil culture and tradition with the Tamil New Year being celebrated to mark the ancient poet’s birthday.
Thiruvalluvar who was born sometime between 4th and 1st century BC, in his Thirukural outlines the cultural and religious tenets of Indian ethics which can be applied universally.
The Thirukural still remains the basis of Tamil education and beginner students are taught to memorise the important verses of this great work.
Thiruvalluvar and his devoted wife Vasuki are also seen as the exemplary couple who set high standards of traditional Tamil householder life for the general public to follow.
Statues of Thiruvalluvar stand all over Tamilnadu, India to serve as an icon of Tamil literature and ideals. The tallest (133-foot) Thiruvalluvar statue stands in the southern tip of India at Kanyakumari.
There is also a Thiruvalluvar statue outside the School of Oriental and African Studies in Russell Square in London.
SJKT Jalan Fletcher one of the most prominent Tamil schools in Kuala Lumpur will be holding the opening ceremony of its own statue of Thiruvalluvar in its premises on Tamil New Year day (April 14th).
We at theindianraas.com wish everyone a Happy Tamil New Year. May Indian culture flourish in this beloved multi-racial country of Malaysia which boasts of the second largest Indian population outside of India.