Jainism in Tamil Nadu

Call for deeper research on Jainism in TN

Chennai (Tamil Nadu), December 30 2016: If we want to understand the recorded history of Tamils, one probably has to start with Jainism in Tamilnadu, for such has been its influence on the land and its history, said Chennai 2000 Plus Trust president R Rangaraj, while delivering the Professor T Balakrishnan Nayar Memorial Endowment lecture […]

Amateur archaeologists find 9th century Jain temple

Amateur archaeologists find 9th century Jain temple

A ninth century Jain temple with sculptures and carved stone image of ‘Parshavanath’ has been discovered at Idaiyamadam in SP Pattinam, near Thondi, by the Ramanathapuram Archaeological and Historical Conservation Centre. V.Rajaguru, an archaeological enthusiast and founder of the Centre, and his team of school teachers who follow archaeology keenly, discovered the dilapidated temple at […]

Sri Adinath Digambar Jain Temple at Valathi

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 […]

A Jain footprint in South India

– Article & Images by Kamala Thiagarajan Wandering monks once made their home in South India, leaving behind an ancient legacy in the heart of the wild It is, without a doubt, one of the most desolate places I have visited and yet there is a wild, windswept beauty here that is at once ethereal […]

DVD documents all ancient Jain settlements across Tamil Nadu

Chennai (Tamil Nadu), November 28, 2015: Although Tamil Nadu has more than 450 Jain sites, only a few have been properly documented. Many sites lie abandoned and neglected, giving room for vandalism. Six years ago, when K Ramesh Kumar, a research assistant with the French Institute of Pondicherry, climbed a hill which had abandoned Jain sites, […]