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  • Context (IE): PM extended his wishes on Thiruvalluvar Day.
  • It was first celebrated on May 17 and 18, 1935, now regularly celebrated around 14-16 January after the Pongal celebration as “Mattu Pongal”.
  • Valluvar year, or the Thiruvalluvar year, is an officially recognised Tamil calendar system.

About Thiruvallavur

  • Thiruvalluvar was an ancient saint, poet, and philosopher by Tamilians, irrespective of their religion.
  • Details of his birth, religion and early life are not conclusive. Several scholars had concluded that, most likely, he was a Jain, neither a Hindu nor a Dravidian.
  • Tamils fondly refer to him as Valluvar.
  • He discarded the birth-based caste system.
  • He gave “five jewels” required for a country: No illness, wealth, good crops, happiness, safety and security.
  • Valluvar is also a sub-caste grouppriests of the Pallava kings before the introduction of Brahmins. But there is no clear evidence that Thiruvalluvar belonged to this sub-caste group.

Tirukkural

  • It is the primary work of Thiruvalluvar.
  • The literal meaning of Tirukkural is “Sacred Couplets”.
  • Tirukkural addresses various aspects of life, including ethics, governance, love, and spirituality.
  • Tirukkural is divided into three main sections: Aram (Virtue), Porul (Wealth), and Inbam (Love).
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