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.
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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
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
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.