In recent years, Madurai has developed in much faster pace in the industrial sector. It is one of the oldest city of Tamil Nadu and River Vaigai flows across the city. Being situated in the heart of Tamil Nadu, it has encouraged Tamil culture to great extent. I had heard and studied a lot about Madurai’s culture; its fine arts, dance form like Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam are strongly associated with the city. Samanar Hill Madurai is that part of the city, which depicts the 2000-old Jain religion and its role. It is situated near Nagamalai Hills in Madurai, which is at the distance of 10 kilometers approximately from the Meenakshi Temple. We reached there on time, weather was pleasant and we could transparently view Madurai city.
The main attractions of the hill are Karupasamy temple at the base of the hill. In the middle of the hill, there are the Jain carvings, their sculptures and inscriptions. The ancient lamp post is an added attraction on the top of the hill. Jain Caves can be seen behind the hill. Since it would take time to climb the hill, we were suggested to carry enough water. The hamlet, where the hill is located, is selected as tourists’ attractions by the tourism department of Tamil Nadu to promote the tourism of village so that tourists can come closer to their prehistoric culture and religious education. While climbing the hill, we could see the breathtaking views of the ancient Jain sculptures, which were brilliantly carved in the prehistoric era of Tamil Nadu. Madurai historical places drew me to the ancestral of Southern India. I was lost in the sculptures and brilliant art of the hill.
Samanar is the Tamil word for Jain and Malai means Hill. Archeological Survey of India has declared Samanar Hill Madurai as the protected monument. The authority of Jainism in the ancient history of Tamil Nadu was remarkable and its transparency is shown in the sculptures and inscriptions of the Jain Tirthankaras made by Jain monks and their followers. Another historical site was waiting for me, so without spending more time over here I moved for the Kazimar big mosque and maqbara.