Presenting an intriguing glimpse into one of the world’s oldest religions, Jainism, are the Chithralal Jain Monuments, which stand as a reminder of one of the country’s more fascinating faiths whose time and place of origin are swathed in mystery. Jainism came to Kerala in the third century BC and this fascinating Indian state is home to a wondrous array of cultural artefacts that urge further exploration, perhaps when you base your stay at a stylish Kerala resort such as the Poovar Island Resort Kerala. With fascinating excursions and charming South Indian hospitality, you will be thoroughly spoiled at this quality 3 star hotel in Kerala. The Chithralal Jain Monuments present the modern visitor with a glimpse into a religious movement that once dominated the Indian subcontinent, but was subsequently oppressed by the Hindu schools of Saivism and Vaishnavism. Finding their home in the quaint South Indian village of Chitharal, which is historically known as Thirucharanathupalli, the artefacts hearken to the monastic history of the town, which once functioned as the dwelling place of the Digambara Jain monks. The village has also acquired considerable acclaim given the existence of a famous hillock, containing a cave that bears historical treasures in the form of Thirthankara rock sculptures of immense religious significance that date back to the ninth century. The goddess Dharmadevi feature amongst the spiritual beings rendered in stone. Feel transported to an era that predates Christianity and absorb the spiritual energies proliferating the town and its enchanting environs.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.