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Arahanthgiri Jain Math, Thiruvannamalai


The Arahanthgiri Jain Math is located in Thiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu and the math hold religious significance for the entire Jain community of India. This Jain math was started in the year 1998 with the main aim of providing community service to the destitute.

Inside the math are several complexes comprising of four Jain temples, three Jain caves and a sculpture of Neminatha that 16 meters high. It is the tallest such structure in Tamil Nadu and is believed to be dated as old as 12th century. A very famous south Indian movie has been shot around the theme of Neminatha.

BhattarakaDhavalakeerthi is the head of the math, and he has started many programs for the empowerment of the poor and needy. He has opened schools where children of the poor are given free education and taught a vocational skill to help them earn a living once they grow up.


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