Kazhugumalai (Kalugumalai) Rock cut Jain carvings, Tamil Nadu.

How did Jainism spread in South India? A small town in Tamil Nadu holds the answer

– Article by Mahima A Jain (Article Courtesy: Scroll.in, Images: Prof. Kanaka Ajithadoss) For the marginalised Tamil Jain community, Kazhugumalai is of great religious significance. The hillock rises along a long-forgotten trade route, one boulder piled atop another with seeming disregard to the rules of gravity. The town of Kazhugumalai (also spelt Kalugumalai) in Thoothukudi […]

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


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, […]


Main Deity – Idol of Lord Adinath in Padmasana. History – Alagramam Jain temple was built in the 17th Century. The temple is centrally located in the Alagramam village. The Temple Was Built in phases in between 17th-18th Century. Prior to its construction the Jains at Alagramam used to go to Keezh Idayalam Jain Temple […]


Main Deity – Idol of Lord Pushpadanthanathar. History – Its history dates back to 15th century A.D. Location – Tirupanamoor is located to the southwest of Kanchipuram on Kanchipuram – Vandavasi route. It is located at a distance of 46 Kms from Vandavasi, 45 Kms from Arni and 20 Kms from Kanchipuram.


The history of Vallimalai dates back to 9th century A.D. We can find five inscriptions here that belong to the period of Rachamalla II (or Rajamalla II) of the Western Ganga Dynasty. The inscriptions are carved in Tamil, Grantha & Kannada languages. These inscriptions establishes the connection between Tamil Nadu & Karnataka. One of the […]

Route No. – TN-0001

Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Mullipattu – Arihantagiri (Tirumalai) – Nethapakkam – Tatchur – Renderipattu – Mandakolathur – Odalavadi – Kappalur – Vempakkam – Thiruparambur – Keez Nalli – Velli Nallur – Vellimalai – Naval – Pernamallur – Khozhapplur – Then Senthamangalam – Venkunam – Birudur – Keezsenthamangalam – Vangaram – Ponnurmalai – Solaiyarugavur – Chetharugavur […]

Route No. – KA-TN-0001

Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Arihantagiri (Tirumalai) – Vellimalai – Tirupatikundram – Kanchipuram – Ponnurmalai – Karandai – Jinakanchi – Gingee – Erannamalai – Paramandoor – Alagrama – (Tiruchur) – (Tiruvallarai – Swastik Tank) – Siddannavasa – Jinendramangala (Hanumantanagudi) – (Rameshwara) – Kalagumalai – (Kanyakumari) – (Madurai) –  A visit to the eight Jain hills enclosing […]


Dharmashala Name – Sri Chandraprabha Digambar Jain Dharmashala Dharmashala Address – Sri Chandraprabha Digambar Jain Dharmashala, No. 34, Subramanya Modaliyar Street, (Near Pillaiyar Koil Street), Sowcarpet, Chennai – 600079 Dharmashala Phone Nos. – 044-25242319, Mr.Vijayraj – Manager 09884260893 Type of Rooms Available – Double Rooms, Dormitory Total No. of Rooms Available – 5 Additional Details – 5 double Bed Rooms […]

Tirumalai (Arihantagiri)

Dharmashala Name – Acharya Sri Akalanka Vidyapeetha. Dharmashala Address – Acharya Sri Akalanka Vidyapeetha, Sri Kshetra Arihantagiri Jain Math, Sri Kshetra Arihantagiri, Tirumalai, Polur Taluk, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamilnadu – 606907. Dharmashala Phone No. – 04181-244325, 09486050929, 09500231814, 0994475521 Bhojanashala Availability – Yes


How to Reach – Villukkam is situated in the South Arcot District of Tamil Nadu. Apart from the idol of Bhagawan Adinatha we can also find many other attractive tirthankara idols.


History – Vijayamangalam has its history which dates back to the 6th century. It was the capital of Kongunadu. The temple of Bhagawan Chandraprabha was built by king Konguvelire who ruled over this region. The people of this place call this temple as the Amneshavar temple. How to Reach – The temple is situated near […]


History – The temple structure has lost most of its original architectural features subsequent to extensive repairs and renovations. A fragmentary record of the R.astrakuta king, Krsna III (939-968 C.E.), however, is still visible on a slab built into the floor of the passage leading to the mandapa located in front of the central shrine. […]


History – Tondur has a cave temple with an image of Parshwanatha carved on a overhanging rock. During the tenth century, the Sramana abode was known as Valuva-Molipperumpalli, and was headed by the monk Vajra Singailam Perumanadigal. Vinnakovaraiyan, the Hana feudatory of Parantaka I, had gifted the village Gunaneri-Mangaiam together with some lands in Tondur […]


History – We can find two Jain temples at Tirupparuttikkunram. One of these temples is dedicated to Bhagawan Vardhamana Mahavira and the other to Bhagawan Chandraprabha. How to Reach – Tirupparuttikkunram is situated in the Chengulpet district of Tamil Nadu.


History – Tinmanmgondai, is one of the important sacred Jain centres to which pilgrims from various parts of the country throng during festive occasions. The huge hillock in the village contains the famous Appandainatha temple, which is well known through-the periods of Cola kings Rajaraja I and Kulottunga Ill, has a rich collection of bronze […]

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