The Thiruvalluvar Statue – Kanyakumari

#travelwithgdp Fact: The stonework was divided amongst three workshops, in Kanyakumari, Ambasamudram and Sholinganallur. Ambasamudram contributed 5,000 tons of stones, while Sholinganallur was quarried for 2,000 tons of high-quality granite stones for the outer portion of the statue. While the largest of the 3,681 stones were 13-feet long and weighed over 15 tons, the majority weighed three to eight tons.

Description: The Thiruvalluvar Statue is a 133 feet (40.5 m) tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and saint Tiruvalluvar, author of the Thirukkural. Located atop a small island near the town of Kanyakumari, where two seas and an ocean meet; the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. The statue has a height of 95 feet (29 m) and stands upon a 38 foot (11.5 m) pedestal that represents the 38 chapters of “virtue” in the Thirukkural. The Thiruvalluvar Statue standing on the pedestal represents “wealth” and “pleasures”, signifying that wealth and love be earned and enjoyed on the foundation of solid virtue.

Place: The Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India
Date: August, 2018
Weather: Monsoon
Shot On: @canonindia_official 1300D
Travelling With: Prabhu Sr.
Places Visited on Trip: Madurai, Rameswaram, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India
Trip Total Days: 4 Days
Budget Required: INR 10,000

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