A hill in Kanyakumari district named after Tiruvalluvar: Revered as ancient king among the Kaani of Kanyakumari district – Tamil Nadu

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It is interesting to learn that a hill in Kanyakumari district is named after Tiruvalluvar 

Heard of a hill dedicated to Tiruvalluvar? The Kanyakumari Historical and Cultural Research Centre recently brought to light the existence of Valluvan Kal Potrai in Koovaikkadu hamlet, Surulodu panchayat, Kalkulam taluk, Kanyakumari district. The author, along with two others, went to the hilltop to speak to the 105-year-old leader of the Kaanis, Kaaliyan Kaani. […]

According to Kaaliyan Kaani, locals call him Moottukaani, Tiruvalluvar was a king who had ruled the area in ancient days. Both the king and his queen were fond of the Kaanis’ honey and Thinai (little millet) flour. The place where Tiruvalluvar was said to have taken rest is called Valluvan Kal Potrai and the adjoining hill was named after his wife as Valluvathi Potrai.

The inhabitants started worshipping him after his death and the footprints carved atop the Valluvan hill is revered by them. An inscription on the wall of a well at Koovaikkadu has the name of `Tiruvalluvar Kal Malai’ engraved on it. Tiruvalluvar is believed to have lived in a place surrounded by four kinds of land — kurinji (mountainous), mullai (pastoral), marutham (agricultural) and neithal (maritime). Tirukkural mentions the techniques people had employed in all the four kinds of land. […]

Also, Tiruvalluvar’s birth place, Tirunayanarkurichi, lies between Muttom sea and an irrigation tank called Periyakulam. This is contrary to the popular belief that he belonged to Chennai or Madurai as held by some.

Source: S. PADMANABHAN Padmanabhan, Hindu : Entertainment Chennai / Land & People : Tiruvalluvar, the king
Address: http://www.thehindu.com/fr/2005/04/29/stories/2005042900020300.htm
Date Visited: Fri Jul 14 2017 18:18:39 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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A historical research centre here has claimed to have identified and located the ancient territorial unit, believed to have been ruled by Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar  | To read the full article, click here >>

A historical research centre here has claimed to have identified and located the ancient territorial unit, believed to have been ruled by Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar, who lived 2000 years ago, in the hilly tracts of Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.

A three-member team of the Kanyakumari Historical and Cultural Research Centre, headed by its General Secretary Dr S Padmanabhan, had discovered a hill named after the poet and recorded several facts from a tribal leader, which are reflected in ‘Thirukkural‘, a treatise authored by Thiruvalluvar.

A release from the Centre said that the ‘Valluvanadu’ had appeared in a copper plate inscription of the ninth and 10th century AD. The recent field research undertaken by the team confirmed that Thiruvalluvar was born in Thirunayanarkurichi in the erstwhile Valluvanadu and not Mylapore in Chennai or Madurai.

The team interviewed the head of the Kaani tribes, named ‘Kaliyan Kaani’ and locally known as Moottukaani, aged about 105, and recorded several new facts, which are reflected in the Thirukkural, it said. […]

“The study of Kaani settlement reveals that their lifestyle and mode of worship reflects Thirukkural. It also confirmed the existence of four kinds of land as classified by Tholkappiyar, another ancient poet,” the release said. […]

Source: “Thiruvalluvar’s kingdom found, say researchers”, Hindustan Times, 28 April 28,2005
Address: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india/thiruvalluvar-s-kingdom-found-say-researchers/story-A1GNIWlv4smxLrr2hQ5TpK.html
Date Visited: 23 May 2021

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