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Melsithamur Jain Math
Main temple at the Mel Sithamur Jain Math
Main temple at the Mel Sithamur Jain Math
Melsithamur Jain Math is located in Tamil Nadu
Melsithamur Jain Math
Melsithamur Jain Math
Location within Tamil Nadu
Coordinates: 12°16′11″N 79°30′51″E / 12.26972°N 79.51417°E / 12.26972; 79.51417Coordinates: 12°16′11″N 79°30′51″E / 12.26972°N 79.51417°E / 12.26972; 79.51417
Name
Other names: Jina Kanchi Jain Math
Location
Country: India
State/province: Tamil Nadu
District: Villupuram district
Locale: Gingee
Architecture and culture
Important festivals: Mahavir Jayanti
History
Bhattaraka: Swasti Shri Laxmisena Swami

Melsithamur Jain Math or Jina Kanchi Jain Math, is a Jain Matha that is located near Gingee, Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu, India.[1]

It is the primary religious center of the Tamil Jain community.[2] It is headed by the primary religious head of this community, Bhattaraka Laxmisena Swami.[3]

History[edit]

The Villupuram area has been an important centre of Jainism since ancient times.[4] Historically, there was a Jain Math at Kanchipuram but it was shifted to its current location here.[5]

Overview[edit]

There are two temples and one of them is dedicated to Parsvanatha. The other temple is dedicated to Malinatha and it was originally a boulder containing rock-cut images of Bahubali, Parsvanatha, Adinatha, Mahavira and Ambika yakshi. These images were carved in the 9th century CE.[6]

Location[edit]

The Math is located 20 km off Tindivanam and 10 km east of Gingee.[2]

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "> News Updates". Www.Jainheritagecentres.Com. 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Tourist Information of Vilupuram District Tamilnadu South Indian States India". Southindianstates.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  3. ^ Facets of Jainology: Selected Research Papers on Jain Society, Religion, and ... - Vilas Adinath Sangave - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  4. ^ "Front Page : Mahavira bas-relief tells a story". The Hindu. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  5. ^ "on www.jainsamaj.org ( Jainism, Ahimsa News, Religion, Non-Violence, Culture, Vegetarianism, Meditation, India. )". Jainsamaj.org. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  6. ^ "Viluppuram Places of Interest". Madura Welcome. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

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