Monday, 27 November 2017

A JAIN CAVE WITH TIRTHANKARAS BAS-RELIEF PANEL AT SEEYAMANGALAM, VANDAVASI, THIRUVANNAMAI – A HERITAGE VISIT.

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 Those steps has been replaced by concrete in the recent years and a Mahaveer statue was also installed.

HOW TO REACH:
Seeyamangalam is about 130 KM from Chennai and 66 KM fom Kanchipuram and 25 km from Vandavasi via Mazhaiyur and Desur.
Town bus Route No 144  from Vandavasi to Gingee and a private Bus from Desur to Gingee  passes through the Village and this Jain cave is about a KM from the Village.
Auto is also available from Desur. 

LOCATION:CLICK HERE
 Mahavir in padmasana sitting posture on the left, Parshvanatha with Padmavati & Daranendran  in centre and Bahubali with his sisters on the right.  
 Bahubali with his sisters and Indra on elephant

  Old stone steps has been replaced with Concrete Steps


Mahavir 
The Team ( Pic – Mr Balasubramaniyan)
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

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