Jain Temples of Wayanad

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The Jain temples of Wayanad are a major tourist attraction. Jainism which shares with Hinduism the concepts of nirvana and reincarnation, first arrived in Kerala around the 3rd century BC. The original settlers migrated from Mysore in Karnataka and settled at Panamaram on the banks of Kabani River. From there the Jain groups spread to different parts of Wayanad.

Of the many Jain temples in Wayanad, the Glass temple of Kottamunda located 20 kilometers away from Kalpetta on the slopes of the Vellarimala is worth a visit. Locally known as Kannadi Kshetram, the temple is dedicated to Paraswanath Swami, the third Tirthankara of the Jain faith. It is believed to have been constructed 200 years ago. The highlight of the temple is the set of mirrors placed on the inner side of the temple walls, which reflects the image of the idols into a thousand beautiful patterns.

The Ananthanatha Swami Jain temple at Sultan Bathery is another example. This 13th-century temple has splendid stone carvings and is one of the most important amongst a series of ruins spread across the state of Kerala that testify to a period of a strong Jain presence in this region. Made wholly of granite, its stone slab roof is supported on numerous carved square pillars sitting on a raised platform. Intricate cornices run all along the sides. The inner sanctum surrounded by an open verandha holds a large square granite slab with carvings of Mahavir.

Other reminders of Jain influence include a small Jain temple perched atop a rocky outcropping a little way from Kalpetta. The boulder goes by the name of Myladipara, and during March every year devotees clamber up the slopes to perform pooja in the small shrine. The temples at Punchavayal and Puthenangadi are other significant Jain remnants in Wayanad. Despite there being so many Jain temples in the district, there are only around 1500 Jain families in Wayanad today.


Saturday, October 4, 2014
I had no clue Wayanad had Jain temples and Jainism was practiced here. A must see.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
very nice place

Friday, October 17, 2014
The Jain temple is located 5 kms from Chundale on the Vaduvanchal road near the 66 kV KSEB Sub station, Kuthumunda, 20 km from Kalpetta. View of the Chembra peak and the Rippon tea plantation is a sight to behold. The temple and the delicious Jain food available nearby is surely a travelers must. The Banasura hill resort guys can guide you there. Don't forget your cameras!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I’ve just spent two fantastic days exploring the Jain temples at Wayanad together with my friends Jude and Noel. What I thought was truly impressive were the splendid stone carvings and the carved square pillars . I have to say they are all a fantastic sight to behold - awesome in fact.

Friday, October 3, 2014
Jainism and its influence in Kerala has been a much discussed topic in religious circles. There is no doubt regarding the presence of Jainism in Kerala and these temples in Wayanad and Sultan Bathery provide enough evidence on the same.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Small but neat temple over the highway, peaceful place for evening spend.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
We spent a wonderful three hours in this unique and peaceful temple.Intricate, extensive and lovely carvings. Nice place to spend a evening

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Its in Sulthan bathery town. Old structure made of stone. Many parts of it was destroyed. It is believed that the temple destroyed by tipu sulthan's men.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Jain temple is a must visit for any traveller to Sulthan Bathery, Wayanad. It's on the main road. Its a World Heritage Site. Staff at temple is excellent enough to explain everything at the place.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
A beautiful temple near the center of town. Its not grand, rather its quaint and peaceful. Since its not a big attraction, you can have the place to yourself most of the time. You won't miss the usual bustle of a temple - take some time to relax and enjoy the solitude before you head off to your resort.


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