Ancient Jain Temple of 15th Century to be Reopened

Published on: 13 May, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Palakkad District News

11 May 2013

A 15th century Jain Temple is to be reopened soon as its renovation have been completed. As a prelude to its re-dedication, a three-day idol installation ceremony began at the Chandraprabha Digambar temple at nearby Jainimedu on Saturday attracting devotees from across Kerala and neighboring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The shrine would be opened for daily rituals from Tuesday, temple sources said. The temple, dedicated to Chandraprabha, the eighth ‘Tirthankara’, is one of the few surviving structures in Kerala featuring typical Jain architecture. Members of Chanraprabha Digambara Basti Devwaswom Trust, which manages the shrine, said the temple walls, the ‘mandapa’ and the entrance have also been redone to restore it to its past glory without affecting tradition and sanctity.

Bedsides the idol of Chandraprabha Theerthankara, the shrine, made of granite blocks, also houses the images of other tirthankaras and “yakshas” and “yakshinis” (demi-gods).


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