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Arahanthgiri Jain Math is a Jain Matha that established near Tirumalai in August, 1998.[1] The Math is headed by Bhattaraka Dhavalakeerthi.[2][3]

Arahanthgiri Jain Math
Upper Temple Complex at Tirumalai
Upper Temple Complex at Tirumalai
FestivalsMahavir Jayanti
Governing bodyAcharya Shri Akalanka Educational Trust
BhattarakaSwasti Shri Dhavalakeerthi Swami
LocationTiruvannaamalai, Tiruvannamalai district, Tamil Nadu
Geographic coordinates12°13′N 79°04′E / 12.22°N 79.07°E / 12.22; 79.07Coordinates: 12°13′N 79°04′E / 12.22°N 79.07°E / 12.22; 79.07
Date established322–185 BCE



History of Arahanthgiri Jain Math starts from the period of 322–185 BCE as the Last ‘Shrutkevali’ Bhadrabahu expected to stay at this place. He stayed at this place to practice meditation and “Swadhyaya” along with 8000 other saints. The Village Thirumalai where this Jain Math is located is also known as Arhatsugiri or Arihantgiri.[4] This more than 2,000 years old temple is near Tirumala. The complex is now managed by Archaeological Survey of India.[5][6]

Main TempleEdit

We can find the 16 meter Neminath Idol on the top of the hill having 140 steps at this location.This idol is believed to be dated as old as 12th century. A very famous south Indian movie has been shot around the theme of Neminatha. We can see various ancient caves existing in this Jain Math along with 16 meter idol of Neminath and hundreds of Religious books.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Arihantagiri - Tirumalai". Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Karnataka / Shimoga News : `Society should pay obeisance to guru peethas'". The Hindu. 2 May 2004. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Deccan Herald - Bimba shuddhi begins". Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
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