This great 133 feet tall statue of the Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar stands atop a small island near the town of Kanyakumari, where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet, not far from the celebrated Vivekananda Rock Memorial. The statue was unveiled on 01 January 2000.

The great poet-philosopher, known for his work on ethics, Thirukkural, is believed to have lived between the 3rd and the 1st Centuries BCE.

A Goddess Bronze Statue

10th CE 

Chola Empire

The Chola dynasty (Tamil: சோழர் குலம் [ˈt͡ʃoːɻə]) was a Tamil dynasty which was one of the longest-ruling in some parts of southern India. The earliest datable references to this Hindu dynasty are in inscriptions from the 3rd century BC left by Asoka, a northern ruler; the dynasty continued to reign over varying territory until the 13th century AD.

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