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பாண்டியநாடு மதுரை சமணக் கோயில்கள், சிற்பங்கள், தமிழ் பிராமி கல்வெட்டுகள், கல்வெட்டு சாசனம்.






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A Primer The following section quoted from the book “Jainism and Tamil” by Sri. Mayilai Seeni Venkadasamy (சமணமும் தமிழும் – மயிலை, சீனி. வேங்கடசாமி) in the chapter about the Ancient Jain temples of Tamilnadu (சமணத் திருப்பதிகள்), provides a good primer on this subject: கொங்குநாடு: சேலம், கோயம்புத்தூர் மாவட்டங்கள் 1. சேலம்: சேலம் மாவட்டத்தின் தலைநகரம் இவ்வூர் ஆற்றங்கரையில் ஒரு சமணத் […]






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Thirunarankondai is one of the ancient centers of Jainism. A Jain assembly called the ‘Veera Sangam’ flourished here under the leadership of Gunadhara Muni.  Over the hillock, is  a cave temple of great antiquity with bas-relief sculptures of Lord Parshwanatha (Appandainathar). The temple which is well known through the periods of Chola King Raja Raja […]






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Acharyas played a pivotal role in the spread and growth of Jainism and hence the tribute to them in Jains’ daily prayers – the Navkar mantra(பஞ்ச மந்திரம்) as in the title of the post. Originally all the teachings and the knowledge gleaned from the Thirthankars (including the latest and the 24th – Baghavan Mahavir) were […]






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About Shikharji Temple

Shikharji or Sri Sammeta Sikharji also known as the Parasnath Hills, located near Giridih, in Jharkhand state, India, is a major Jain pilgrimage destination and one of the most sacred places for Jains in the world. According to Jain belief, twenty of the twenty-four Tirthankaras (teachers of the Jains) attained Moksha (Nirvana) from this place. […]






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Sithamoor and Tamil Jainism

Sithamoor or Mel Sithamoor is a village near Thindivanam where Jain monks lived. It is an important and historic place for tamil Jains. Sithamoor boasts of  two Jain temples and a Jain Mutt which has traditionally hosted the religious heads of the community and has served as the center of Jain religious activites. The History […]






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Historic Tamil Jain Sites

A large number of stone inscriptions which are 1000s of years old paint a picture of the prevalence of Jainism (Samanam) in Tamilnadu. These are scattered throughout Tamilnadu. This post will talk about such stone inscriptions, sites they are found and related content. Madurai: Name of the Village No. of Stone Inscriptions Script Type How […]






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Jain Cave Temples

Jain caves and Brahmi inscriptions in Madurai and surrounding areas Tamil Virtual University an autonomous institution established by the government of Tamilnadu has a wealth of information about Jain cave temples in Tamilnadu. Here is a list of these pages each of which has a short video about each of these sites: Azhagarmalai (அழகர்மலை) Aritapatti […]






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Thirumalai Temple:

Thirumalai (in  Thiruvanamalai District of Tamil Nadu, India) is an ancient Jain heritage site that has cave temples, cave paintings , sculptures and ancient Tamil inscriptions all related to Jainism. Jain monks had inhabited the caves thousands of years ago. Read a good summary of the history of Thirumalai in tamil. Here are some pictures […]






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  ஐம்பெருங்காப்பியம் (Among 5 Great Epic Poems): சிந்தாமணி(Sinthaamani) சிலப்பதிகாரம் (Silappathikaaram) பாகம் 1 /புகார்க்காண்டம்(Part 1 – Puranakaandam) பாகம் 2 /மதுரைக்காண்டம்(Part 2 – Madhuraikaandam) பாகம் 3 /வஞ்சிக்காண்டம்(Part 3 – Vachikaandam) வளையாபதி(Valaiyaapathi)   ஐஞ்சிறுகாப்பியம் (Among the 5 small Epic Poems): சூளாமணி(Soolaamani) யசோதர காவியம்(Yasothara Kaaviyam) உதயண காவியம்(Udhayana Kaaviyam) நாககுமார காவியம்(Naakumaara Kaaviyam) நீலகேசி (Neelakesi)   இலக்கணம் (Grammatical works): யாப்பெருங்கலக் காரிகை […]






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