Adhinathar Jain Temple, Nallur, Thiruvannamalai
Adinathar Jain Temple in Nallur in Thiruvannamalai is a famous Jain Temple for Jain communities. Jains visit this temple and perform their worship. This temple is an ancient old Jain temple and said to have built more than around 500 years back. Special Poojas and Festivals are performed here with much gaiety and fervor.
The Jinalaya reflects old Dravidian temple art style and Jains traditional models. The layout consists of all features like Sanctum, Ardhamandapam, Mahamandapam, Muhamandapam, Kudagarai, etc. The east entranceway with iron gates is secured by the all-round compound wall. Four pillared Mandapam called Pandagasalai is located adjacent to the entrance of the Temple.
A Dwajasthambam and an altar pedestal are in the open corridor. Also a stone made Manasthampam pillar is located on a platform with four Jinar bas relief sculptures at the bottom and four Jinar stone idols on the top mini-porch. The sanctum has a gigantic Shri Adhinathar stone plate bas relief with shamara maids, tri-umbrella canopy, and prabha circle behind the head is installed on a plinth.
The Jinar and the singathathana are protruding from the other back carvings, is unique one. It is crowned by two stage Vimana shikhara with padmam and uni-kalash on the top. Along the first stage four sitting postured Jinars on the sala portion and the top tier got standing state Jinars below the Nasi position on each directions and also with supporting idols, Devars, Kandharvars.
Daily pooja platform got a stone plate carving of Shri Rishabadev at the back side of ardhamandapam and also an old Jinar in depreciated condition are seated. Apart from many metal alloy idols of all category i.e Thirthankars with prabha circles, 24 Thirthankar mould, Navadevatha, Pancha Parameshti, Mahameru, Nandeeswara deepa and some Yaksh, Yakshies are also decorated on either side platforms.
Stone idols of Shri Brahmadevar seated on an elephant and Shri Kooshmandini Devi was installed on individual pedestals of the aisle. The wing is secured tightly by strong doors. The Mahamandapam south and north pillars has bas-reliefs of Shri Vardhamana and Shri Rishabadevar images. At top of the fore-porch is decorated by a gallery, inside the curved box a mortar image of Shri Adhinathar with two whisk maids.
On the north side of corridor got a pavilion, there were the miniature arrangements of Jinar preaching venue i.e reflections of Samavaran model, having all the specimens at the traditional arena. This is one of the beautiful diminutive models of the Jain monuments.
Also a Navagraha idols shrine is adjacent to the pavilion. The lotus type pedestal having nine metal alloy images of Navagraha images is distinct one. All poojas, rituals and festivals are conducted and celebrated recurrently at the relevant times.
Sri Adinathar Digambar Jain Temple,
Nallur, Vandavasi Post,
Mobile: +91 9894026907
Nallur is situated in 5 kms towards east of Nadukuppam stopping on the Tindivanam-Vandavasi road. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thindivanam, Thiruvannamalai and Vandavasi. Nearest Airport is located at Chennai.