A popular monument in Chennai, Valluvar Kottam is an important tourist spot. It is named after and dedicated to the talented classical Tamil poet, philosopher, and saint, Thiruvalluvar. Located at the intersection of the Kodambakkam High road and the Village road, the monument now stands at what was once the deepest point of a local lake. It was constructed by Kalaignar M.Karunanidhi during 1970s in the memory of Thiruvalluvar, who wrote his famous Thirukkural some 2,000 years ago. As many as 3000 blocks of stones were used for the construction of the main corridor of Valluvar Kottam. All 133 chapters and 1330 verses of the Thirukkural is said to have been inscribed on bas-relief in the front-hall's corridors.
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The monument has certain architectural specialties as well. There is a statue pf a lion that is situated on the main gateway and has been intricately decorated with attractive designs. Its basic construction is similar to that of a temple chariot in Thiruvarur. The chariot has a height of about 39-m ans a life size statue of the great poet has been established on top of it. Valluvar Kottam also has an auditorioum that can accommodate up to four thousand people. South Indian traditional architect V. Ganapati Sthapati who made the Thiruvalluvar Statue at Kanyakumari designed the memorial at Valluvar Kottam. This monument has a tremendous collection of the works of the saint who has great significance in the Tamil culture. A paradise of lovers of Tamil literature and architecture, Valluvar Kottam is also a must visit destination for students of history and civil service aspirants. It takes approximately two hours to explore the entire place. The main auditorium situated within the temple has a space for 4000 visitors. An intriguing feature of the temple is that it stands baseless i.e. without any pillars.