Tirupur, October 09, 2015: A nearly 1,100-year-old Jain temple found abandoned on a 20 cents land at Alathoor village, near here, is on the verge of a collapse due to lack of conservation.
Though the inscriptions point to a rich historical importance for the temple, it looks that the eyes of the authorities are yet to fall on the structure. A portion of the side walls of the temple has already fallen down after the construction was shaken by the roots of the trees that had grown wildly around as well as inside the shrine.
The ceiling as well as the wall that makes the rare elevation are in a dilapidated state looking to give in at any time owing to absence of maintenance.
C.M. Ramesh Kumar, a historian and teacher who had studied about the temple, told " The Hindu" that the holy place which was originally named as Veerasangathapperumpalli Aniyathazhaki temple (lady deity), attained the name of Amaneasar temple over the years.
“The word ‘palli’ in its original name indicates that the shrine has also been used as a ‘padashala’ (school) for teaching Jain principles and general ancient philosophies”, the historian said. The temple is located in the ancient trade corridor that passed through the North Kongu divisions. Source: thehindu.com