Photographer's Note

Samanarmalai (“Hill of the Jainas”) is situated in Keelakuyilkudi village, 11 kms west of Madurai. It is an extensive complex of low rocky hills stretching more than three km. Two well-known Jaina monuments are on this hill, Settipodavu (This photograp) at the base, and Pechipallam , one level above, both with sculptures of Jaina Tirthankaras and Vatteluttu inscriptions of about the 9th century C.E. A recent discovery of a Tamil-Brahmi inscription in a cave at Samanarmalai  has pushed back the historicity of Samanarmalai to well over 2,000 years

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