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Post Life of Thiruvalluvar
Very little is known conclusively about the life of Tiruvalluvar. As per Tamil tradition, he is believed to have lived some time during the 1st millennium AD. While most scholars place him during 100-300 AD, there are a few who consider him to have lived during 600 A.D. He is said to have been a textile weaver by profession, who led an austere life. His devoted wife was named Vasuki. The term Tiru is the Tamil term of respect, equivalent to the North Indian/Sanskrit Shri/Shree. This phrase of respect coupled with his supposed name Valluvan (pluralized by changing 'n' to 'r' as part of the Tamil honorific system), led to the name by which he is referred to today. The name Valluvan is ambiguous as well: it may have referred to his caste/occupation and may not have been his real name. There is a distinct caste to this day with this name, among the Tamils whose traditional occupation used to be textile weaving who trace their ancestry to Tiruvalluvar. However, the question of whether the author was named after his community or vice versa, has never been satisfactorily answered.

Legends abound about the birthplace of Thiruvalluvar. According to one legend he is supposed to have been born and lived in Mylapore, an ancient part of present day Chennai city. Another legend associates him to Madurai, the ancient capital of the Pandya rulers. This second legend probably has its origins due to the fact that Pandya rulers promoted Tamil by patronising a lot of Tamil poets and Thiruvalluvar is supposed to be one of them.

Tiruvalluvar's faith is disputed. Many Hindus claim that he was an Hindu, while there are also accounts of his having been a Jain. Rev. G.U. Pope, a great scholar who translated the entire Kural into in 1886, even traced Christian influence in Tirukkural! In any case, Tamils consider Tiruvalluvar to be a holy saint and his work is often referred to as 'poyyamozhi' or the 'book that never lies'. Indeed, many say that Tiruvalluvar was unconcerned about whether he was a follower of the Vedas or of Mahavira, and like his book, ignored the artificial boundaries between religions.


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:D proud to be a thamizhan mam.... Please keep sharing more info mam please,..

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