26th November 2017.
This 9th century ( 892 AD) Jain Rock cut cave Visit was a part of Heritage Visit to Vallam, Pallava Peiod Rock cut caves, Thirumalpadi Vishnu Temple Seeyamangamlam Shiva Temple.
After the dharshan of Sri Thambeswarar at Seeyamangalam Rock cut cave temple, the Gurukkal advised us to visit this Jain’s cave also. This cave is on a small hillock called Vijayadri. There is a Bas-relief panel above the cave and the cave is about 25 to 30 feet above the ground level, facing east. As per the Grantha inscriptions the bas relief was done during 9th century by the Ganga King Rajamalla –II.
The Bas-relief panel consists of Mahavir in Padmasana & meditating posture, Parshvanath under snake hood and Bahubali with his sisters Bhrami and Sundari on both sides. Both Parshvanath and Bahubali are in standing posture. Attendants Padmavati and Dharanendran are shown by the side of Parshvanath. Above Bahubali two gandharvas holding boulders. Indran on an elephant is also shown on the right top of the panel above Bahubali.
From the Tamil & grantha inscription ( mentioned as Dravida Sangam ), it was under stood that, Nandi Sanga Jain monks lived here. A monk called Vajra nandi, a disciple of Gunaviradevar built steps to this cave. Those steps has been replaced by concrete in the recent years and a Mahaveer statue was also installed.