Jainimedu Jain temple

Jainimedu Jain temple is a 15th-century Jain temple located at Jainimedu, 3 km from the centre of Palakkad, Palakkad district, Kerala, India.[1] It is dedicated to Chandraprabha, a Tirthankar of the Jain faith.[2][3]

Jainimedu Jain temple
Jainimedu Jain temple
Jainimedu Jain temple
FestivalsMahavir Jayanti
Governing bodyManikka Pattanam Sree Chandraprabha Digambara Basti Trust
LocationJainimedu, Palakkad, Kerala
Geographic coordinates10°47′8.4″N 76°38′33.2″E / 10.785667°N 76.642556°E / 10.785667; 76.642556Coordinates: 10°47′8.4″N 76°38′33.2″E / 10.785667°N 76.642556°E / 10.785667; 76.642556
Completed15th century

The celebrated Malayalam poet Kumaranasan, wrote his monumental poem Veenapoovu (The fallen flower) at a Jain house near here.[4] The place name 'Jainimedu' itself is related to this temple.


The Jain temple was constructed in the 15th century by a family of diamond merchants from Karnataka.[5] It was created by Inchana Satur.[6] The temple was in a dilapidated condition for the past several years.[1] At that time, there were around 400 Jain families in Jainimedu.[3] The temple was renovated in 2013 and a Panch Kalyanak was performed.[2] M. P. Veerendra Kumar, a prominent Keralite Jain, spoke at the event.[7] The rituals were led by Bhuvanakeerthi Bhattakara Swamiji, the head of Kanakagiri Jain Mutt.[8]

This is one of the few places in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism in Kerala have survived.[4]


The temple is 32 feet long and 20 feet wide and displays the images of Jain Tirthankaras and Yakshinis.[7]

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  1. ^ a b PTI May 12, 2013, 06.42PM IST (12 May 2013). "15th-century Jain temple in Kerala to be reopened". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b "Temple ritual". The Hindu. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b Mundur M.K. Krishnan (14 November 2011). "The home of Jainism in Kerala". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b Mathew, Biju (August 2012). Kerala Tradition & Fascinating Destinations - Biju Mathew - Google Books. ISBN 9788192128412. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Renovated Jain temple in Kerala opened for devotees". Zeenews.india.com. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  6. ^ Sajnani, Manohar (2001). Encyclopaedia of Tourism Resources in India - Manohar Sajnani - Google Books. ISBN 9788178350189. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Keeping alive Jain faith". The Hindu. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  8. ^ http://asianetindia.com/renovated-jain-temple-kerala-opened-devotees/

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