Jain vestiges

Print edition : November 27, 2015

A view of one of the boulders with sculptures at Anandamangalam. The sculptures form a panel with three sections: the first depicts the yakshi Ambika and the other two depict tirthankaras. Photo: THOMAS ALEXANDER

Ambika. The ornaments of the figures and the lion on which she stands provide clues to the age of the sculpture, believed to be of the Chola period. Photo: THOMAS ALEXANDER

The tirthankara who appears in the panel next to Ambika’s. Once Ambika’s identity is established, it is clear that this must be Neminatha, whose yakshi she is. Photo: Thomas Alexander

The tirthankara Parsvanatha, depicted with a woman on one side on a rock near the rock panel depicting Ambika and Neminatha. Photo: THOMAS ALEXANDER

The Jain ruins of Anandamangalam in Tamil Nadu, though small in size, have sufficient details to merit close attention.
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