… A Continuation Post - Arani , A Heritage Visit
18th March 2017.
Our next destination was to a Jain Temple also called as ARUGAR TEMPLE at Poondi. The main deity is Adhinath also called as Ponezhil Nathar. This temple is facing east with a 3 tier Rajagopuram. Renovation and re-construction were in progress during our visit. There are 3 panels of Tirthankaras kept in side the sanctum.
During this renovation the out side granite walls are sand blasted and the old inscriptions has become un-readable. As per the inscriptions the temple was constructed in Chozha architecture style during 1305 AD by the Sambuvaraya King called Veerasamban with granite stone base and a brick super structure. Hence the temple was called as “Veeraveera Jinalayam”.
There are sanndhis for Dharmadevi, Brahmadevar, Saraswathy, Lakshmi, Chakreswari, Chandraprabhanathar, Jwalamalini, Padmavathy and Navadevdha.
The main Sanctum Sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Arthamandapam and Mugamandapam. In sanctum the five feet Parshvanath relief in standing posture installed on a pedestal. Over the head carvings of five headed snake with its tail runs up to the feet. The sanctum has a 2 tier vimana with stucco images of jaina monks in standing posture.
The temple is under the control of Archaeological Survey of India ( ASI ) as a protected monument in Tamil Nadu.
HOW TO REACH:
This Jain Temple is 3 KM from Arani on the Arcot Road in Thiruvannamalai district..
For further reading please refer the Tamil Nadu Tourism website
… To be continued ( S.V. Nagaram Aranmanai or the Palace )
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