THE ROLE OF ROYAL PATRONAGE ON JAINA ART AND ARCHITECTUREIN TAMIL NADU – PART II

From the study of the epigraphs and Tamil literature of the Pallava and Chola periods, it is evident that the Chingleput, North Arcot, Pudukkottai and Madurai areas were dominated by the Jains during these periods, though every area of the Tamil country had atleast a few Jain centres. One of the inscriptions dated about A.D. 1116 in the reign of the Chola King Kulottunga Chola I speaks of the pur....


THE ROLE OF ROYAL PATRONAGE ON JAINA ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN TAMIL NADU – PART I

“Religion is the only friend which keeps company even after one's death, All the rest is destroyed with the body" Jainism is an Indian religion and is still a living faith in some parts of the country. The number of its followers is just over two million. Its contribution to the Indian heritage is more significant than might be expected of its numerical strength. As an institutionalised religi....

ON THE ROAD TO EXTINCTION – THE LEGENDARY SEA-COW OR THE DUGONG

During the early part of the century, the population of the dugongs (sea–cows) in the   Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay was in thousands. A recent aerial survey could not spot a single animal though fishermen occasionally reported seeing one.  What has happened to the dugongs of the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay? Where have they gone? When early voyagers like Columbus and Captain Cook returned f....

THAGADUR MEMORIAL STONES – PART II

Irulappatty hero-stones Of all the hero-stones discovered so far, the oldest one is found at Irulappatty (Pappambadi), a village in Harur taluk of Dharmapuri district. It belongs to the fifth century A.D. There is a reference about the ruler Kovisaya Vinna Varman of that time. It has been recorded in the fourth regnal year of this ruler. It states that a Bana king fell in an encounter with an arm....