Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Celebrating Thiruvalluvar Day


Have you heard of Constanzo Beschi ? 

Thirukkural is a great source of knowledge – 1330 couplets structured in 133 adhikarams [chapters], grouped in 3 sections – Aram (righteousness). Porul (wealth) and Kamam or Inbam (pleasure).  Aram contains 380 verses, Porul  700 and Inbam has  250- Porutpal deals with Public affairs; Arathu pal and Inbathupal deals about ethical living in private lives.   Thirukkural is reverred and has been translated in so many languages of the World.    Its author is the Great Thiruvalluvar, known as Theiva Puvalar (Divine Poet), Sennaapothaar, Poiyamozhi Pulavar (whose words are only truth) and more.. there are suggestions that he lived in Mylapore.  The time when he lived widely varies between 2nd Century BC to a period much later AD. 

16th Jan is celebrated as ‘Thiruvalluvar Day’ and is a State holiday in Tamilnadu.  There were some celebrations on the birthday of the Great Saint Poet.

Here is a photo showing the garlanded statue of Valluvar at Marina beach.

Constanzo Beschi,  is better known as  Veeramamunivar, an Italian Jesuit Priest, Missionary in South India who lived from 1680-1747 – he published works in Tamil and translated Thirukural into Latin. 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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