Epigraphy Study -Field Visit Around Senji – Thirunathankundru

On 16 March 2014 a study tour of the 4th batch of  Tamil Epigraphy students was arranged by Reach Foundation. Though I was not a part of the batch, I participated in the tour, as any site visit with our guru Shri.S.Ramachandran is very educative. The plan was to visit Thirunathankundru,  Neganur, Thondur  all having Tamil Brahmi inscriptions.

Our first visit was to Thirunathankunru in Sirukadambur which is about 2 kms from Senji (Gingee) on way to Singavaram the famous cave temple. There are two inscriptions in Tamil Brahmi script. They are  on a rock where two jain monks observed fasting until death.  Unfortunately I didn’t take notes properly to provide the contents of the  inscription. There is as sculpture on a huge rock with 24 Thirthankaras. There is separate image of Adinatha. Another image (may be Mahavira) is broken (looks like vandalism).

 

Path leading to the inscriptions

Path leading to the inscriptions

Steps leading to inscription and sculpture

Steps leading to inscription and sculpture. You can see the broken one on the left

 

One of the Inscription

One of the Inscription

 

Jaina Cave

Jaina Cave

24 Thirthankaras

24 Thirthankaras

Beautiful view of Singavaram Temple

Beautiful view of Singavaram Temple from Thirunathankundru

 

A view of the Senji Fort

A view of the Senji Fort  from Thirunathankundru

 

 

 

 

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