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Azhagar Malai (Irungkundram)

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இந்தப் பக்கத்தை தமிழில் வாசிக்க: அழகர் மலை (இருங்குன்றம்)

Irungkundram is one of the eight Jain mount Pallis (Enperumkundram), situated in Azhagar Malai (Mount), 28 km north of Madurai.


Azhagarmalaipalli is situated near Sundararasanpatti, Kidaripatti on the Melur road that runs from the foothills of Azhagar Malai towards east. Elegant and well-polished floor and few stone slabs are found here. A spring is also found here.


Tamil Brahmi inscriptions here indicate that this cave site was converted in 2nd second century B.C into a Palli inhabited by Jain sages.

Inscriptions show that people like Kaninathan, Mathirai Pongollan Aathan, Anagan, Madirai Uppuvanigan, Viyakan, Ganathikan, Panida Vanigan, Nedumalan, Koluvanigan, Ilanjanthan, Venpalli Aruvai Vaingan contributed to the founding and operations of this Palli.

Post the Sangam period, about 10th century, Achanandi, a Jain saint made a rock sculpture of Tirthankara in this Palli, as per the vattezhuthu inscription engraved underneath it.


  • Enperumkundrangal - Dr. V. Vedachalam

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