Valathi

Heritage Centre Type : Tirtha Kshetra

Temple Name : Sri Adinath Digambar Jain Temple

Main Deity : About 3 feet high black coloured idol of Lord Adinath in padmasana.

Temple History : Valathi/Valathy houses an ancient Digambar Jain temple dedicated to the 1st Tirthankar of Jainism Lord Adinath. It is called as Sri Adinath Digambar Jain Temple or Sri Adinathar Digambar Jain Temple. The Digambar Jain community are also called as Nainars in Tamil Nadu and hence this temple is also called as Nainar temple. The temple is spread over a wide area sourrounded by elavated compound walls. In the premises of the temple in a small room to the right of the main temple are kept the stone Tirthankar idols, chaturvimshati (24) Tirthankar, a couple of Chaturmukha idols, Shrutaskanda, Sarvahna Yaksha, Dharmadevi & Goddess Padmavathi.

On the right side compound walls facing the temple are embedded the stone idols of chaturvimshati Tirthankar & Shrutaskanda. On the left side compound wall is also embedded a stone idol of chaturvimshati Tirthankar. Further to the left of the temple adjascent to the main entrance is found the chandrashale.

In front of the main temple can be found a manastambha with an idol of Chaturmukha Tirthankar on it. The main temple is composed of 3 enclosures. The garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) houses the 3 feet high black coloured idol of Lord Adinath in padmasana as the main deity. In the enclosure preceeding the garbhagriha are found the marble idol of Lord Adinath in padmasana flanked by various metal idols on either sides. To the left of the garbhagriha are also found various Yakshi idols.

Temple Address : Sri Adinath Digambar Jain Temple, Valathi, Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu. Pin – 604208

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Post Author: JHC