Chitharal Jain Monuments



The Chitharal Jain monuments are located in a small village located at a distance of 7 km from Marthandam and 55 km from Kanyakumari. Chitharal is historically known as Thirucharanathupalli - the remains of Jain monks belonging to Digambara sect. It is famous for the butte which has a grotto containing rock-cut sculptures Thirthankaras and attendant deities carved the inside and outside dating from the 9th century. Jain influence in this region was due to the Jain King Mahendra Verman-I (610-640) .It has been converted into a Temple Bagavathy in 13th century A.D. Chitharal hills are locally called Chokkanthoongi Hills. Now this place is famous as Malaikoil. The temple is a protected monument under archaeological survey of India (ASI).  Many visitors visits and enjoy the beauty of Chitharal hill and cave temple. Visit the place as a pilgrim not as a tourist.
There are 9 Stone inscriptions in Tamil vattezheutthu, Sanskrit and Malayalam dating from 9th century A.D.
Chitharal- a small village located 55km from Kanyakumari. The place is well known for its hills and the old Jain Temples. These Jain temples of deities" who have been considered to be built in 9th century AD and these sculptures are the main attraction of Chitharal. Also these sculptures are historically known as Thirucharanathupalli, and are located inside the caves on a very long Hill. CAt the foot of the butte Thirucharanmalai, we can see an elegant style of Kerala Arch of rocks and is the starting point of your hike. The atmosphere and the indications at the foot will not give you the indication of a hard disk mount to come. So Be prepared for a hard steep ascent of 800 meters.
It will be better, if you select a day with sun is not too strong. All during the hike on time, you may see several cement benches to sit, but the more hot sun does not allow you to sit on them. Colorful Flowers and some trees with red and yellow flowers around these benches shortly complete the picturesque.
Now, a question arises in you, why we all suffer from these ... ?  The answer is, after these steep ascent you go to another era. Because, Chitharal is one of the last vestiges of Jainism. A few years previously, this rock sanctuary was a pilgrim center for the Jains".
Around the period of the decline of Jainism during the rule of the Cholas in the 11th century, it is estimated that Chandragupta Maurya, with an ascetic Jain Badrabhahu, reached Sravanabelagola in 298 BC Their disciples travelled to this region to spread Jainism and chosen the butte for meditation. However, it has been transformed into a Hindu temple in 1250 A.D. , and an image of Bhagavathy was installed.
The top of the hill, so named, Thirucharanmalai, means "the hill holy for the charanas".
When you reach the top of the hill, you can see or feel the enchanting beauty of Chitharal. The cave which fact Chitharal more famous, is also a natural beauty to discover ... !
From the top, you can see where you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the winding rivers, lakes, fields, clusters of villages, fields of coconut, tall spires of churches, and the lines of the Western Ghat covered with white clouds; and it is a breathtaking landscape, you do not get in anywhere.
Another main attraction at the top of the hill is two large rocks in front of each other, and we can explore together beauty of the foot through the small window created by these rocks. Also at the top of the hill, we can see some ruin or parties of ancient temples, who believes that it is of Charanas.
The whole rocky area is carved with Jain deities" the images and is also a part of the old era.
How to get there: Chitharal (also spelt Chidaral) is 55km from Kanyakumari, 36km from Nagercoil and 7km of Marthandam. The approach is the route of Kandapuram, leading to Elanthavilas. Chitharal is exactly located 4 km north-east of Kuzhithurai.
The district administration is busy giving the place a face lift. Many tourists have started to visit the spot to catch glimpses of frescoes and the panoramic view on the hills. So please do not miss the beauty ancient, while the planning of a trip to Kanyakumari ... !  Chitharal is a small located at a distance of 7 km from Marthandam and 55km from Kanyakumari. The place is known for his nipples with rock out sculptures of Jain Thirthankaras.
Attractions in Chitharal Chitharal is a small located at a distance of 7 km from Marthandam and 55km from Kanyakumari. The place is known for his nipples with rock out sculptures of Jain Thirthankaras. Jain deities of temples are another wonderful attraction Chitharal. It is estimated that these sculptures were built in the ninth century and was historically known as Thirucharanathupalli. The sculptures are presented inside the caves on the one and the other half long hill. The section has the stages leading to the hill. How achieve Chitharal
Chitharal is to have a good access through the roads and the rails. Airport: The nearest airport is located at Thriruvananthapuram at a distance of 45km away. Railway Station: Marthandam railway station, 10km away is the nearest train station. Roads: There are a lot of buses and other taxis available through the NH47 road to take the tourists to this beautiful land. Of Marthandam, go to Thiruvattar and then to Atoor and achieve Chitharal junction. A 2km route will take in the hills.
It is famous for the Rock-cut temple. Small hill to Chitharal has a cave containing rock-cut sculptures Thirthankaras and am deities carved inside and outside the cars and vans can go up at the foot of the hill. One has to walk for about 10 minutes to reach the temple. The Jain images have been preserved Central Archaeological Survey of India
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