Friday, 18 November 2016

JAINS AND TIRUCHENGODE HILLS, IN SEARCH OF HISTORY – KONGU MANDALAM – A HERITAGE VISIT.

13th November 2016.
After attending Sakthi’s House warming ceremony at Erode, decided to trek Tiruchengode hill through steps to see the Chozha and Pandya Period inscriptions and Jain’s beds. This Heritage group was led by Mr Srinivasan, an enthusiast  and others M/s Raja, Nandha Kumar, Santhosh and Vijay and self are followed. We looked the Tiruchengode hill in different perspective. It was a news to me that the hill have  the Jain beds and Chozha and Pandya period inscriptions through Mr Srinivasan.  Learnt a lot through the trekking. Thanks to Mr Srinivasan.   

The sacred Tiruchengode hill is dedicated to Sri Arthanareeswarar and Sri Murugan and we know many saints visited to this temple had sung hymns & songs. But it is very hard to believe that the hill was under the control of Jain monks once may be during 6th and 7th century. But it is a fact that the Jain monks lived on the hill caves and left their evidences in the form of beds and the places for preparing medicines. The Jain spreads their religion through teachings and treating deceases through herbal medicines.  There are two such caves available on the route from the present Shiva Arthanareeswarar sanctum to Uchi Pillayar shrine. May have some other beds too on the other parts of the hill, if we explore.  The cave near the Uchi Pillayar shrine is easily accessible with steps cut on the rock and other one very difficult to access.

The Caves has the symbols and inscriptions also. The inscriptions are in not readable condition  and damaged condition. No Brahmi inscriptions are found.
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 View of the  hill from the base 

 How many years the top stone ball is standing ?
 A Cave on the side of the Ganapathy shrine 
 A Cave without beds 
 The explorers – happy moment after finding the  First cave with beds 
 The four beds in the first cave 
 The four beds in the first cave 
 The symbol chiseled on the beds – what for?
 The four beds in the first cave 
 Searching for the Water storage pond 
 Searching for the Water storage pond 
 Holes used to grind medicines 
 Holes used to grind medicines 
 The  second cave entrance – near Uchi Pillayar Temple 

 Two beds on the lower deck 
 The three beds on the upper deck 
 The Pali- water Pond used by the Jain monks 
 The Pali- water Pond used by the Jain monks 
 The Pali- water Pond used by the Jain monks 
 The team that explored
 --- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

7 comments:

  1. Excellent efforts made by Veldharan sir and teammates.My humble salutes ir

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    1. Thanks Dharan for your encouraging commend...

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    1. Thanks Jeevitha...Please visit this blog for updates..

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  3. Fabulous work Sir. Hatts off You and Your Team.

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