Tuesday, 6 February 2018

THE REMAINS OF JAINISM IN THONDAI NADU ( தொண்டை நாடு ) - TIRTHANKARAS AT NERKUNAM AND ONGUR – THE GOLDEN JUBILEE AHIMSA WALK .

05th February, 2018.
When I reminded for the details of this February 2018, month’s Ahimsa Walk, Mrs Sasikala had sent the invitation to these  two places. She also told that the walk will be  over around 11.00 hrs and group will be proceeding to Thirunarungundram, Sri Parshvanath cave temple  for Narpali thiruvizha.  Wanted to learn more about Jainism, so decided to continue the journey with the group, even-though I had some important work to attend in the Evening.   

As usual started our journey from Adambakkam Jain Temple, around 06.00 hrs through a van. Reached our first destination Narkunam, which is on the way to Sunambedu from Thozhupedu (bridge ). The devotees who are proceeding to Thorunarungundram also joined with us.

தொண்டை நாட்டின் சமணத்தடையங்களைத்தேடி ... 50வது மரபு நடை...

NERKUNAM.
The Golden jubilee Ahimsa walk was lead by Mr Thanajayan. The walk went through two streets of the Village with slogans praising of Jainism and the people of the Village for protecting the Tirthankara.  Finally Mr Thanajayan explained the importance of preserving the heritage monuments and sculptures.

The Tirthankara sculpture was unearthed under a tamarind tree. Now the Tirthankgara is kept near a compound wall of a private house. Except face the other portions of the sculpture is found in good Condition including squatting lions on the base.  The sculpture has both samaratharis and Yakshan & Yakshi, which are the unique features of this sculpture. The identification of the Tirthankara could not be done, Since the lanchanam / symbol  is not clear.
LOCATION : CLICK HERE




 The place, where the sculpture was unearthed

 Ahimsa walk 


ONGUR ( KARIKAMPATTU )
The second destination to Ongur ( Karikkam pattu, a Village on the way to Tindivanam ). This Theerthangarar  sculpture is installed  in front of a Shiva temple by the side of the National Highway, before Thindivanam. Hope this sculpture is unfinished  and there is no proportion to the mukkudai and the theerthangarar. There is no samaratharis, even The base is not visible due to concreting of the floor.
LOCATION: CLICK HERE

--- OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

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