NAMAKKAL : A 12-feet high statue of revered saint poet Thiruvalluvar, who penned the popular didactic couplet ‘Tirukural’, began its long journey to the banks of Ganges from a modest village in Namakkal district on Tuesday.
Chiseled by a 7-member group of stone sculptors led by LMP Kumaresan in Koolipatti, the customary poojas was performed for the statue before it was loaded on a truck to be taken to the Chennai.
“It took us almost a month’s time to give the final shape to the Thiruvalluvar statue. It is 12 feet tall and 4 feet wide”, said Kumaresan. The team of sculptors worked round-the-clock, to complete the project before the deadline. Kumaresan said, “Our team worked day and night to shape up the statue. We could not rest until completing the project”.
The 4.5 tonne statue will be consecrated at a function to be held in Chennai on Wednesday. Later, it will be taken to Haridwar through train. The statue of the Tamil scholar, chiseled as a result of an initiative by BJP parliamentarian Tarun Vijay, is to be erected at Haridwar on the banks of Ganges on June 26.