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Text of Thirukkural
  Welcome to this page intended for viewing the text of Tirukkural. You may view any specific Adhikaram by clicking on its associated link provided at the right.

  There is no need to have any special software installed in your browser for viewing the text in the Tamil Script. The IITM multilingual software creates a graphical image on the fly and so one will be able to view the text correctly on virtually any browser running under Windows, Linux, Unix or Macintosh. It will be necessary for you to enable your Browser to show images if you had disabled the same.

  The translations included for each couplet are credited to Rev.G.U.Pope, who had spent a number of years in South India during the 19th century and had written commentaries on important Tamil texts dating back to the Sangam period. His translations are poetic in nature. The text shown also includes a second and perhaps easier to comprehend translation by one of his students. 

  Please note that the text as seen may show some typing errors. IIT Madras would appreciate hearing from you if you notice any. Kindly send a message to the lab through the contact page and provide a reference to the number of the couplet.

  You may want to look at the list of Adhikarams by name.

  Poems written in praise of Saint Tiruvalluvar by different poets are included in a separate page.

 

Please select the Adhikaram you desire to view.

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The statue of Saint Tiruvalluvar greets visitors at Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India. The 133 feet tall statue stands next to Vivekananda Memorial, a temple for meditation. The height of 133 feet signifies the 133 "Adhikarams". The pedastal measures 38 feet in height, representing the 38 "Adhikarams" of the first part of Kural "Aram".

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