Sriram Janak – Photography

Living rocks -Jain hill – Aritapati


                                                Silence and Self-control is non-violence.

~~~ Lord Mahavira


     Half a mile to the north west of the village of Arittapatti is a hillock called Kalinjamalai

( Arittapatti  village is Near Madurai, Tamil Nadu, In India )

Arittapatti was to be a flourishing Jaina centre until the
Ninth century…
This is confirmed by the period rock carving of a seated Tirthankara, canopied by a triple umbrella over his head; 



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Non-injury to all living beings is the only religion.” (first truth of Jainism) “In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves.”

“This is the quintessence of wisdom; not to kill anything. All breathing, existing, living sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. This is the pure unchangeable Law. Therefore, cease to injure living things.”

“All living things love their life, desire pleasure and do not like pain; they dislike any injury to themselves; everybody is desirous of life and to every being, his life is very dear.”
                      Yogashastra (Jain Scripture) (c. 500 BC)” 




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On the eastern face of the hill is a cavern with a drip-ledge cut into the outer face of the rock. 

On the brow of the cave is found a Bramhi  inscription which has been dated to between the second and first century B.C.

The inscription, engraved as a single line with 33 letters and running for 3.10 metres, reads as follows: ilanjiy vel mapparavan makan emayavan nalmuzhaukai kotupithavan.

It means, “Emayavan, son of Mapparavan, chief of Ilanji, has caused the carving of this auspicious cave.”


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“Mahavira proclaimed in India that religion is a reality and not a mere social convention.

  It is really true that salvation can not be had by merely observing external ceremonies. 

Religion cannot make any difference between man and man.”

                                                               ~~~Rabindranath Tagore


Jain Thirthankara sculpture is carved out with engravings  below.


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We learn from scriptures (Sashtras) and commentaries that Jainism is existing from beginningless time. 

This fact is indisputable and free from difference of opinion. 

There is much historical evidence on this point.”

                                         ‑‑ Lokamanya Bala Gangadhar Tilak



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The beautiful   rock formations   was what which drew me to this place…

do take a look at my post     Balance...    here


These rocks hide some deep meaning ..

only our eyes need to see  them…



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These rocks give you a Religious sense of Awe…



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The silence is very real….

You can feel it..





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Seemingly close enough to reach out

and touch…




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They don’t talk..

and that’s what I like about them…



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each rock has a story to tell…



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( Source: Jain heritage site; The Hindu )


20 responses

  1. I love your words with the images.

    August 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    • Glad you liked them..and thank you so much for being here..:-)

      August 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm

  2. Your pictures are so beautiful! I am glad that rocks don’t speak with words; I agree that they do tell a story.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    August 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    • Thank you so much Wendy….I love being among these rocks..:-)

      August 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

  3. Thank you for this golden silence, Sriram!

    August 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    • Thank you Marina….silence speaks when I sit among these rocks….
      I just love to sit there and do nothing…

      August 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

      • I am familiar with this experience. That’s why I said GOLDEN! 🙂

        August 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      • 🙂

        August 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

  4. Absolutely STUNNING post 🙂

    August 11, 2013 at 12:45 am

  5. Amy

    Nature has its way to tell stories… Beautiful post!

    August 11, 2013 at 1:09 am

    • Thank you so much .. Amy …they have always done is up to us to listen to them…
      take care

      August 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

  6. carolineskanne

    just beautiful!

    August 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  7. Sid Dunnebacke

    The first set of passages from Yogashastra are beautiful, brilliant in their simplicity of thought. It disappoints me more and more as I age that western religions do not think in those terms at all.

    I can just imagine the power of the rock formations and the surroundings. It’s a lovely place. Thanks for sharing, Sriram!

    August 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    • Very true Sid.. actually the first passage is applicable to every one irrespective of their religion…
      the problem is people have moved away from nature…but there is hope…
      thank you for being here..:-)

      August 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

  8. Extra ordinary! Loved the pictures and the subtle renderings.

    August 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  9. Saraswathi Badri

    Amazing, as always..!

    September 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm

  10. Thank you so much Saraswathi…:-)

    September 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm

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