Jainism in Kerala
Currently, Jainism in Kerala has a small following comprised mostly of descendants of the initial Jains in Kerala, as well as migrant practitioners of the religion. Jainism has been present in Kerala since pre-Christian times and had a continuous presence until the 15th century. However, by the 16th century, it had disappeared from the mainstream in Kerala.
Origin of Jainism in Kerala
The Jainimedu Jain temple near Palakkad, which is believed to have been constructed in the 9th century AD, and the Chitharal Jain temple in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, which is believed to have been built during the 9th or 10th century AD.
Jainism has left a significant mark on the culture and heritage of Kerala, particularly in the areas of art, architecture, and literature. Many of the ancient Jain temples in Kerala were constructed using a unique architectural style that blended elements of Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
The Jain community in Kerala today is small, but they continue to preserve their rich cultural heritage through their traditions, rituals, and festivals. The Jain festival of Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Kerala, and it is an occasion for the Jain community to come together to celebrate their faith and culture.
Jain Temple, dedicated to Shri Dharmanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankar at Cochin
Inspired by the Jain temples in Gujarat, the Jain temple complex in Kochi covers a vast area and comprises several blocks dedicated to prayer and offerings. The temple was constructed in 1960 and is located at Gujarati Road in Kochi (Cochin), India. To learn more about the temple and plan a visit, you can contact the temple at phone number 484 222 4802 or explore Kerala Jain tour packages.