Chitharal Jain Monuments

Chitharal Jain Monuments

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Chitharal is a small village in Kanyakumari and is famous for the historical remnants of  Jain Monuments. These monuments symbolize the diverse and harmonious culture of Indian society. Sitharal otherwise Chitharal Jain monuments are the finest example of the rich and varied culture of India. These monuments rise up in pride and grab the attention with its divine aura. Earlier Chitharal was known as Thirucharanathupalli and acted as the serene dwelling of Digambar Jain monks. The rock-cut sculpture is inspired by the Pallava King Mahendravarman who was an ardent follower of Jainism. The king was known for many prominent constructions, especially rock-cut arts in cave temples.

Today, the village is famous for its cave that is situated on top of a hill with beautifully carved rock images of deities and Jain Tirthankaras. These carvings are archeologically significant and date back to the 9th century.  Amongst a number of attractive rock-cut sculptures, the main attraction is Goddess Dharmadevi. In the 13th century, the cave was converted into a Devi temple and presently, the site is listed as protected monuments.