Shri Thirumalai Tirth
Mulnayak: Shri Neminath Bhagavan, Black coloured Idol, Kausagga Posture and it is 4 Mtrs in height.
Tirth Place: This tirth is located on top of 300 Ft hill near Thirumalai Village.
History: In ancient scriptures this tirth was also called Vaigo, Vaigaur, Shrisailam, Shripuram, Pulkundaikottam, Chandragiri, Charangiri, Vellamalai. It is said that Shri Neminath Bhagvan's samovasaran was also made here. Nearly eight thousand Monks have visited this place. This tirth was famous during the Chola and Pallav Kings. This tirth was made around 1023-24 AD. This tirth is under maintenance of Government.
Specialty: Shri Neminath Bhagvan's samovasaran was also made here. It is said that this idol was built by Pandavas. This place was meditation place for many Monks like Shri Rishabsen, Samanthbhadra, Varadatt, Vadiraj, Gajkesari etc. This tirth finds place in many Tamil literatures. This is also called Jainbadri or Sravanabelogola of Tamil Nadu. Shri Neminath Bhagavan is also called Shikamaninath by local people. Every year on Sravan Shukla 8 and on Makar Sankranthi's 3rd day, a big procession takes place here and thousands of Jains participate in this.
Other Temples: On the same hill there is another temple of Shri Parshvanath Bhagavan and 'Charan Paduka' of Shri Rishabsen, Samanthbhadra, Varadatt can be seen.
Art and Sculptures: The temples on hill can be seen from foot of the hill and there are caves and one water body on hill. Here many idol of Panchadhatu can be seen. The caves were used by Monks for meditation. In one caves we can find colourful frecos (painted wall and ceilings).
This tirth is present in North Aarkadu
district if Tamil Nadu, it is on the way from Aarani to Polur. The nearest
railway station is Vadamadimangalam at a distance of 5 Kms. Transport facilities
are available. It is at a distance of 120 Kms from Chennai(Madras) and it is at
a distance of 14 Kms from Aarani.
Facilities: There are no facilities near the temple for staying etc.
Shri Jain Mandir,
Dist. North Aarkadu,
State : Tamil Nadu,