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Jina Kanchi Jain Math
Mel Sithamur Jain Math
Main temple at the Jina Kanchi Jain Math
Main temple at the Jina Kanchi Jain Math
Mel Sithamur Jain Math is located in Tamil Nadu
Mel Sithamur Jain Math
Location within Tamil Nadu
Basic information
Location Gingee, Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu
Geographic 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
Affiliation Jainism
Festivals Mahavir Jayanti
Bhattaraka Swasti Shri Laxmisena Swami
Website jinakanchi.com

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

It is the primary religious center of the Tamil Jain community.[1] It is headed by the primary religious head of this community, Bhattaraka Laxmisena Swami.[2]

History[edit]

The Villupuram area has been an important centre of Jainism since ancient times.[3] Historically, there was a Jain Math at Kanchipuram but it was shifted to its current location here.[4]

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.[5]

Location[edit]

The Math is located 20 km off Tindivanam and 10 km east of Gingee.[1]

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