Ezhadipattam - Navachunai (Pudukottai - Tamil Nadu)

The ticket counter at Ezhadipattam would close by 5 PM. So from Sittannavasal, some of us sprinted to Ezhadipattam, our next target. Many opted out of it, thanks to the flight of several stairs. I did not count, might have been about 600... Safety rails have been put on the slope side of the hill. The climb up made me breathless and the view from atop was breath taking!!!!!


This again like Arnattan Malai and Alurutti Malai, was a Jain Cavern with Jain Beds and inscriptions, but this one was much more devastated with the ravages of humans! But no more, its caged by Archaeological Survey of India. 

The Jain beds here belong to the 2nd C BC. Ancient Tamil Inscriptions are around these beds. Much higher than the other Jain Bed spots, this one has 17 beds!!! Around one of these beds is the inscription that says 'Erumi Naatu Kumuzhuur Pirantha Kavuti Eethendru Sithuppovil Ilaiyaar Seitha Adhittanam'. This informs that the beds were carved by Ilayaar of Thenku Sithuppovil.

A few of us tried to walk further atop from Ezhadipattam, in search of Navachunai. Nava-ch-chunai, like Talai-Aruvi-Singam Sunai in Narttamalai, is another cave temple located beneath the eternal spring and can be seen only if the whole of water is pumped out. See that claver shaped Jamun tree? The eternal spring is beside this and the temple is in it. Ofcoure, our dreams of trying to reach there were shattered at that point of time. But then, its not actually inaccessible. But if I reached there by 3 or so and had a few hours in hand, this place could also have been covered!!! That too, with an retd. Army Major in the team, definitely possible!!!!!

The temple inside was built in Late Pandya period (13th C). This too has only a Sanctum Sanctorum with a single Shiva Lingam inside. Locally this is called Jambunathar Cave.


From here, we trekked back down and by the time, sun had started to set. A water in a distant pond was glistening with the setting sunrays!!!
Continuing with more on Pudukottai...


P.S: Click here for my Pudukottai outfit post.

To Reach Pudukkottai:
From Chennai: 400 km via Villupuram, Trichy
Trains to Rameshwaram go via Pudukottai. 
Trains / Buses can be taken to Trichy and regular buses are available from Trichy.
From Trichy: 50 km. Regular buses are available.
From Madurai: 115 km via Tirupatthur
From Coimbatore: 300 km via Dharapuram, Dindigul

Sittannavasal & Ezhadipattam are located about 16km from Pudukkottai in the Kulithalai - Manapparai Road towards Annavasal.

Dedicated to Prof. Swaminathan, Prof. Muthazhagan, Prof. Jambunathan, and the whole group...

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

6 comments:

  1. Your post itself is breath taking. Nice.

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  2. Wow. Awesome place.

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    1. You must go here Niranjan.. You'll love this place...

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  3. Wonderful shots from the interesting trip. I am glad it has been protected now.

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    1. Thanks Rajesh. Long time No C!
      Yeah, glad its protected now...

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