Thiruvalluvar (Tamil: திருவள்ளுவர்) is a celebrated Jain Tamil poet ]].) who wrote the Thirukkural, a work on ethics in Tamil literature.He is also known by other names like Theiva Pulavar (Divine Poet), Valluvar and Poyyamozhi Pulavar, Senna Pothar, Gnana Vettiyan.
All his wise sayings and teachings are now in book form and known as ‘Thirukkural’.
The time period of Thiruvalluvar's existence has been based on mostly linguistic evidences rather than archeological evidences since none such has been determined. His period has been estimated to be between 2nd century BC and 8th century AD.