Jainimedu Jain temple

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Jainimedu Jain temple
Jainimedu Jain temple
Jainimedu Jain temple
Religion
AffiliationJainism
DeityChandraprabha
FestivalsMahavir Jayanti
Governing bodyManikka Pattanam Sree Chandraprabha Digambara Basti Trust
Location
LocationJainimedu, Palakkad, Kerala
Architecture
Completed15th century

Jainimedu Jain temple is a 15th-century Jain temple located at Jainimedu , 3 km from the centre of Palakkad, Palakkad district, Kerala, India.[1] It is dedicated to Chandraprabha, a Tirthankar of the Jain faith.[2][3]

The celebrated Malayalam poet Kumaranasan, wrote his monumental poem Veenapoovu (The fallen flower) at a Jain house near here.[4] The place name 'Jainimedu' itself is related to this temple.

History[edit]

The Jain temple was constructed in the 15th century by a family of diamond merchants from Karnataka.[5] It was created by Inchana Satur.[6] The temple was in a dilapidated condition for the past several years.[1] At that time, there were around 400 Jain families in Jainimedu.[3] The temple was renovated in 2013 and a Panch Kalyanak was performed.[2] M. P. Veerendra Kumar, a prominent Keralite Jain, spoke at the event.[7] The rituals were led by Bhuvanakeerthi Bhattakara Swamiji, the head of Kanakagiri Jain Mutt.[8]

This is one of the few places in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism in Kerala have survived.[4]

Description[edit]

The temple is 32 feet long and 20 feet wide and displays the images of Jain Tirthankaras and Yakshinis.[7]

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Reference notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b PTI May 12, 2013, 06.42PM IST (12 May 2013). "15th-century Jain temple in Kerala to be reopened - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 20 July 2013.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b "Temple ritual". The Hindu. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b Mundur M.K. Krishnan (14 November 2011). "The home of Jainism in Kerala". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b Kerala Tradition & Fascinating Destinations - Biju Mathew - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Renovated Jain temple in Kerala opened for devotees". Zeenews.india.com. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  6. ^ Encyclopaedia of Tourism Resources in India - Manohar Sajnani - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Keeping alive Jain faith". The Hindu. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  8. ^ http://asianetindia.com/renovated-jain-temple-kerala-opened-devotees/

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