Thirucharanathumalai

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Thirucharanathumalai
Thirucharanathumalai is located in Tamil Nadu
Thirucharanathumalai
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Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Location Kanyakumari, India
Coordinates 8°07′30″N 77°33′54″E / 8.125°N 77.565°E / 8.125; 77.565
Type Cultural
State Party  India

Thirucharanathumalai is a hillock located in Chitharal village 6 km from Marthandam, and 55 km from Kanyakumari. On the top of the hill under a path that seems naturally hanging there in a temple with mandapam, corridor and balipeetam with a madappalli (kitchen). There are 3 sanctums housing Mahavira, Parswanatha and Padmavathi Devi. The idol of Bagavathi was installed instead of Padmavathi Devi by Sri Moolam Thirunal, king of Travancore in 1913. Above the hanging path, there is a dilapidated tower on a rock on the northern side. Bas-relief sculptures of all the 24 Tirthankaras are found. Some inscriptions belonging to the 9th century are also found here. It was a Jain training centre for both males and females in those days.