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The honorable chief minister of Tamilnadu Dr. M. Karunanidhi is known for his mastery over the Tamil language and his deep knowledge of Tamil literature. In his foreward to the book “தமிழகத்தில் ஜைனம்” (Jainism in Tamilnadu) he talks about the contribution of Jainism to the Tamil language: English Translation of the Foreward: Chief Minister 23-12-1974 […]

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Jains believe that every living being has a soul and every soul is potentially divine. They also believe in reincarnation after death. A soul can be reincarnated in any form of life. (A human being can become a worm in the next life for example).   Karma is that every being determines its own fate through […]

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Tamil Jains

Not many people (even within Tamilnadu), India know that Jains are indigenous Tamil population. Although there are a number of Jain families who have migrated from the north that live in Tamilnadu  (especially in and around Chennai), the indigenous Tamil Jains have lived here for thousands of years. Jainism is called samanam (சமணம்) in tamil […]

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Jain Temples in Tamilnadu

There are more than two hundred Jain Temples and fifty Jain hills in Tamilnadu: Madurai, Thanjavur and Kanchipuram which have been the great cities of historical importance in Tamilnadu for more than 2500 years are also cities around which many of these Jain temples flourished.  Here is a list of  places in Tamilnadu that have […]

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