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Samanar Caves. Madurai. Located 11 kilometers from Madurai, The Samanar hills a…

Samanar Caves. Madurai.

Located 11 kilometers from Madurai, The Samanar hills a...

Samanar Caves. Madurai.

Located 11 kilometers from Madurai, The Samanar hills are home to ancient Jain Carvings that date back to the 9th Century. The caves have two main sculptures- Settipodavu (Mahavira) and Pechipallam (Thirthankara). It was here that hundreds of Jain monks undertook ‘sallekena’ or ‘fast unto death’. The incident is mentioned in 2000-year-old Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions and Vatteluttu writings which were recovered by Archaeologists.

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