1200 Year old Forgotten Jain Temple at Mountain Top – Kalugumalai, India

By | August 24, 2019

Hey guys, today let’s take a look at this
hill called Kalugumalai in India. On top of this hill, there are some of the
most beautiful carvings, stone beds and a unique cave. Most people do not visit this part of the
hill because it is bushy and these plants have thorns. But if you manage to walk through them, you
can find about a hundred and fifty carvings and these are actually very ancient carvings,
at least 1200 years old. You can see that these carvings are brilliant
and have remained almost completely intact, even after 1200 years. These carvings belong to Jainism. Jainism is a very old religion and it has
some of the most advanced spiritual principles and it once was a flourishing religion in
India. Today, Jains make up just 0.4% of India. Jainism believes in the attainment of spiritual
enlightenment and all these saints you see here are enlightened beings. I have shown you various types of rock cutting
architecture in my videos, this is called a relief type architecture. This is a carving technique where the sculpted
elements remain attached to a solid background of the same material – in this case the material
is granite which is very hard, which is probably why you don’t see much corrosion or degradation. But there is another reason why these figures
are so well preserved – you see these rectangular slots above these carvings? Once upon a time wooden doors may have been
placed using these slots, to cover these figures. This was a great way to preserve these carvings
from rain and shine. Some of the figures you see are quite fascinating,
here you can see this Jain god called Parshvanath who is totally unclad and standing erect. Look at the reptilian Snake God Naga standing
above him and completely protecting him. This is a female goddess known as Ambika. The reptilian God and this female deity also
occur in Hinduism as well, so both religions do share some common ground. In fact, look at this brilliant Hindu temple
known as Vettuvan Koil, it is located in the same hill and is very close to this Jain temple. This temple was created by scooping out the
rocks from the hill, starting from top to bottom. This is the same technology used to build
Kailasa Temple in Ellora Caves. Now, what is fascinating is that, Ellora caves
also has Jain temples close to Kailasa temple just like what we see here. Is this a coincidence or is there a relationship
between Jains and this type of architecture? Perhaps researching the history of Jainism
could give us better insight into understanding these structures. The Jain carvings in Kalugumalai have a specialty
in them. Under many of the carvings, we can see writings. This is great because we don’t have to do
guess work and these writings will give us details about the carvings and even about
the lifestyle of people who lived here. This is written in ancient Tamil language
which is still the spoken language in this region. The inscriptions tell us that about 8000 Jains
lived in this area and women enjoyed an equal, if not superior status to men. Here is another popular Jain figure called
Bahubali, he stood in meditation for so long, that creepers and climber plants have completely
taken over his body. Jainism preaches deep meditation to attain
enlightenment. Walking around the hill top, I could find
several other areas, which have more carvings of Jain Gods, this entire place is very isolated
and very peaceful to the mind. It must have been chosen for its location
by Jain monks for meditation. So where did the monks sleep? Let us go into this area which is commonly
referred to as the area of Jain beds. Jain monks had simple stone beds carved out
of rocks and slept in these beds. Initially there was no roof or walls around
these beds, but people vandalize this area all the time, so they have built this structure
around it now and have kept it locked. This has prevented people from coming in,
but has become a safe haven for bats. So now, we have seen stone beds of the monks
and their temple but there is something much more fascinating than these two. Here is a cave which was used by Mahavira
himself – Mahavira is the last enlightened teacher of Jainism. Some Jains believe that Mahavira meditated
in this cave, which is why this hill top was chosen to build a Jain temple later in time. Today, the cave is completely abandoned – it
is just me, and a monkey absorbing the strange vibrations of this holy site. I hope you liked this video, I am Praveen
Mohan, thanks a lot for watching, don’t forget to subscribe and also click on the bell button
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100 thoughts on “1200 Year old Forgotten Jain Temple at Mountain Top – Kalugumalai, India

  1. Phenomenal Travel Videos Post author

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  2. Ott Ov Post author

    Thanks for all this informations. You are indian Sitchin. I like very much your video. It will be very intersting to organize group trips to visit this hiden places. I feel that this places are much oder than official history say. You must organize group trips like Sitchin does.

  3. Gaurav Sharma Post author

    Jains these days mostly pray to money, just like baniyas; stupid fucks. Thanks for sharing another amazing video!

  4. LT Post author

    1:17 – Jain-ism – a religion or a science? Otherwise I also think (contrary to common) that religion comes after science (only for some as first – and only)… 🙂

  5. Pravin thamizhan Karate Post author

    Hinduism destroyed and corrupted all the religions in India such us Buddhism, Jainism….

  6. hometownguy71 Post author

    PRAVEEN,,im so glad i came across your channel!!living in america,i believe we are spoonfed a load of crap about the whole sequence of life.thank you very much for doing what you do!i have shared your work with many,many people and will continue to do so!

  7. Velmurugan Kandasamy Post author

    Budism ,jainism, saivisam and vainavam are same origin. They all yogic sidher traditional religions. Except vedic caste based bramanism so called abrhamic jews bramins hindu religion. Is it religion?.

  8. desai737 Post author

    Big hello from USA to my biggest indian indian Jones
    Thanks to you
    I get to know so much about India ??
    I show it to my daughters so that they know that India was ancient and have such a glorious history

  9. Abdul Rashid Salim Khan Post author

    Well 0.4 % of india roughly equals 6 Mn ….and that's more than total population of many countries in Europe

  10. rathiv suravanshi Post author

    bro these look like bhudhas carvings

  11. Raj kumar Post author

    Hindi mai bola karo bhai ,hindi nahi aati hai kiya

  12. Richa Sharma Post author

    I don't understand how did the Jain population suddenly decrease so much?

  13. Vinod Kumar Post author

    Sir make a video about he tippu sultan and about his war

  14. Vanan Navarasan Post author

    i believe Kazagumalai is a place to carve out the statues and then bring it back to place in Temples. These types of places exist all over India. As dynasties rise and fall, these places are identified to carve out statues. Places like stone quarries are good places to find out traces of carving.

  15. Murugan tamil Post author

    My hometown kalugumalai , admin good job thank you sir.

  16. Gobu Jothiramalingam Post author

    Only 1200 years old? from the 600 AD Buddhism and Jainism started to lose its ground in Tamilnadu.7th century CE Hindu Saiva saints like Appar and Sambandar started the end of these religions. Anything related to Buddhism and Jainism in Tamilnadu always older than 7th century . was it built after Pallava king converted into Hinduism?

  17. Tommy [Karate] Pitera Post author

    I love your videos and the ancient places you go to are breath taking I really love the idea of this ancient religion, and I think you're right about ancient technology great work

  18. George Abdulnour Post author

    I appreciate you and your great work, l just wanted to say thank you ?

  19. lc Lucky Post author

    Got addicted to ur vedios,when I visit these temples i'll also try to decode and try to understand the meaning and science behind it tqq….????

  20. Vasudeva R Post author

    BTW kazhugu in tamil means eagle, so kazhugumalai means eagle hill..

  21. Pooja P Post author

    Sir please tell place not india , state name & city so we can go to visit

  22. JonBarzam TV Post author

    i share most of your beliefs and world history views, i know for a fact, just like you , that human civillazations are much older than previously thought, and we did have some kinds of advanced technologies in the paat that have been lost in time. I was a cuple of months ago at Mahabalipuram, and the caves show signs of advanced techniques of building, it was truly an eye opener for me! thanks for your channel and content brother!, keep it up!

  23. sueszoo777 Post author

    This reminds me of the similarities between Gobleki Tepe and aborigines. Maybe the Hindus and Jains are from the same ancestors

  24. P.V. Chandrasekharan Post author

    Jains it seems always chose high rocky hillocks to carve statues of their thirthankars .Saravanabalgola in Karnataka is an imposing edifice of Bahubali.In Tamil Nadu Chittanna Vasal in Pudukottai district is another Jain example.I was told Jain monks lived on the hillocks without food but inhaling the air carrying herbal fragrances from around the hills in Chittanna vasal.I am glad you describe Kalugu malai which I have not visited so far.One thing it is beyond me with my handicap.Thanks to you now I know about that.

  25. Samay Post author

    Jainism is a branch of Hinduism. Lord Buddha is the the the 9th incarnation of Lord VIshnu. One can easily find Lord Vishnu and Laxmi at main entrances of Jain Temple. It is also found in the rock carvings in Humpi.

  26. varsha kundu Post author

    It show human should always live simple life not luxurious life but still people r not understand

  27. Juan Manuel Morales Post author

    The first visitors , this is real I call them because they were the first visitors to the earth . My knowledge is from this era on this time, the reality is they were the experts we only understand berry little but is excellent to comprehend most of the staff left behind. On .my part is not errors is not Intriguing it is beautiful.

  28. Bidyut Bhuyan Post author

    Now i see mostly all jains busy in their shops & business expanding their moneyline running after it ? Ofcourse they donate money to their digambar, sitambar gurus for salvation from their sins.

  29. A K Post author

    What is Hinduism ?? there is nothing as such, please get out this mentality, in general what ever developed in this land is called Hinduism (in true sense). this includes Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and several, you will find different gods in just miles a part and everyone praying to different gods even in the same area and community, how this much diversity in one religion is possible?. hence there is no Hinduism as such as most think off.

  30. Pradeep Singh Post author

    I think u have to move ahead and find answers of all questions.Indian yogis will helpful in this task and it will also help us that how yogi perceive knowledge and super science of yoga vidhi. With the help of funding and sponsors we can use most advanced robots to explore banned sites. I would like to join u in this task m a BAMS student

  31. sally-ann Williams Post author

    Fantastic research Praveen, thank you.

  32. Internet - Where every dolt is an expert Post author

    We all Hindus believe Bhagwan Mahaveer.
    Mahaveer Jayanti is big festival in india like christmas

  33. Uma Shanker Post author

    Sir similar idols are in padmskshi temple in Warangal urban Telangana

  34. muthu 1989 Post author

    This was a hindu place of worship at the beginning and taken over by the jains during their expansion of religion where they targetted the kings to convert to jainism

  35. Master Roshi Post author

    Those are probably the best carvings i've ever seen, are those mushrooms on their heads?! How the fuck did they dig up a mountain of rock?!

  36. Rani Rich Post author

    Thank you for the work you do, I really enjoy your video's.

  37. illumen8.co.uk Post author

    Hi Praveen, Love your work. Your what I call A FINDER, you find things and your bloody good at it too son. About the carving at the 2:53s mark, it got my attention, in particular the image on the right. Looking at the chest area, something stood out and the tail looking 'thing' too (even if it's related or not to the r/h image, it's the placement what caught my attention). Anyway long story short I imported the picture and had a play around with the levels (Contrast, Gamma, Colour, whatever works!) and I believe there is another larger head (Profile – facing right) carved into the design. The odd pattern on the chest of the image makes more sense once you've done this to the picture – it's the mouth/lips of the larger head. It's easy to do yourselves, so if it floats your boat, go try it.

  38. Sekhar Bose Post author

    WHAT'S SAY Mr EARIC VON DANICAN ABOUT OUR ( Ancient Aliens In India?) SIR??

  39. The Silent Fist Post author

    Wonder if the statues on Easter Island looked like this originally, similarities! Thankyou brother.

  40. The Silent Fist Post author

    Lalibela in Ethiopia, so called 1st christian church is also sculpted out of the mountain rock like this, wow!

  41. Beaux Bowden Post author

    I loved that little monkey hahaha

  42. Hey Paulman Post author

    ahhhhh jains, if you kill a bug you are a murderer

  43. JAINSHUBHAM 97 Post author

    I think you should visit 'Sonagir' a jain pilgrimage place in Madhya Pradesh. It is about 100 Km from Gwalior and there a direct train from Gwalior to Sonagir.
    There are same type of carving of god that are carved in a big Granite mountain and the whole place is on a big Granite mountain.
    You should also see the sonorous rock that is atleast 4 times bigger than what you have showed in your video. That rock is also made up of Granite.

  44. Suren Bairagi Post author

    Hi Pravin , fascinating as always. There are millions of mystery temples in India. How to cover those in single life. ? We says we are modern and advance people but how advancements is possible if we are cutting trees. Cutting tree we called development. In current era we are not advance but primitive people with very limited knowledge.

  45. lslack10 Post author

    Thank you so much for your wonderful travels and your teaching. I’m beyond fascinated. I love Indian history and it’s culture, your videos are as close as I’m ever going to get to traveling to India. I’m old now and your videos fill my heart and soul with light and knowledge. Thank you . Best of luck with all your future endeavors.

  46. Sammy Chem Post author

    Praveen: Thank you for shining a light on ancient history. I really love all your explorations and learning all this info. On the one hand, it is critical for us to explore, investigate, and learn. But on the other hand, I am afraid, this well preserved, but isolated temple will now be a "hot spot" for tourists and vandals, who could potentially spoil such beautiful historic sites.

  47. Saraswathi Ab Post author

    Wonderful proverb. Like all your videos. But am growing curious. Did you study archeology? Am surprised at your relentless hunt for such beautiful places generally unknown to the public. Great. Thank you so much.

  48. Sonu Chauhan Post author

    Hi Praveen sir
    Plz visit elphanta caves near Mumbai
    This caves are same as kailasha temple ellora

  49. Crystalline Kristine Post author

    I hope to see you make videos on vortices around ley lines. You did a series on Pittsburg, but there are many all around the USA alone. I wonder how many are in the world? What similarity of structures at these points on the globe? Sure love your work! Thank you.

  50. Arun Orion Post author

    Mr.Paveen ..Why don't u visit north India?There are mysterious temples too.Please visit north Indian places at the earliest .??

  51. AKASH CHAKRABORTY Post author

    Plz come to Tripura, a small state in nort east India .. In Tripura u will find Unakoti & Chabimura, the secrete of these two place is still a mystery ..

  52. Dileep Kumar Post author

    Any idea why bells are carved on top of each statue. This is some thing we have to concentrate

  53. Brieana Straiton Post author

    Strange how similar these carvings resemble the Moi on Easter island. Anyone else pick up on that? With Jainism being so old, could there be a legit tie between ancient India and ancient Easter island? The "top knot" style hats are virtually identical to the 7 moi that face inland. I've heard that origin myths of the island mention the reason those 7 stand on 1 platform and face inland is bc of their status as gods among men(I could be wrong on the details here). I just find it hard to believe the almost identical "hats" are some bizarre coincidence. ???????????‍♀️

  54. Bharati Kelkar Post author

    Please tell the exact location of the site so that we will be able to visit the place. Not only this but in all your videos you just tell the name of the temple and do not tell the location. So try to explain the location of the place.

  55. El Esbarcenas PRIETO CECILIES Post author

    Its means the Moais huts, un the Pascua island.

  56. Antonio Favaretti Post author


  57. santhosh kumar Rai Post author

    Jainism and Hindus were seperatrd by british. Both are dharmic. Today you don't have you address as seperate.they did it you don't have to.

  58. Debasis Chakrabarty Post author

    Nice video Praveen .you wii get same type of construction in Barabar cave ,Gaya .Bihar .mystery is inside .Language is brahmi in Barabar .To misguide us Tamil language is written here later .This was made before great global flood .I will prove it easily Praveen .Thanks

  59. DIY- Cheap Healthy Cooking Post author

    Those are "wait a minute bushes"
    When you get stuck in one you say WAIT A MINUTE! WAIT A MINUTE!

  60. DIY- Cheap Healthy Cooking Post author

    Dude there are Nehalem in the cravings. They were destroyed 12000 yrs ago in the flood. The dates are poop.

  61. Marline Ramlotchan Post author

    Just looking at this…feels like time travel.. WOW..

  62. Ron Hak Post author

    What happened to Jains and Buddhists in India?

  63. anish naidu Post author

    Shared to Facebook Group 'Hinduism Buddhism Union'.

  64. babaji mamallan Post author

    Tamil samana religion .No jain religion . After that move to other states.

  65. Shiva Post author

    Mahavir is regarded as a god among hindus also we don't offer puja to lord mahavir but bow down to him when we go to Jain temple

  66. Ram bantu Post author

    Sorry, but that doesn't look like the Tamil Language at all. I like your work but stop adding this tiny personal masala of yours about the Tamil language here and there in your videos.

  67. Zero Control Post author

    You are in the land of the gods , so spectacular it must be . I envy you ….

  68. Joe Post author

    My friend, you are talking of 1200years because of the history lessons in school. India is very very old. Westerners can't understand it. Don't base your discoveries on the western narrative. You are better than that.

  69. Keto Lisa Post author

    Reminds me of the Easter island Moai with all the row of deity with the Devine head toppers….the god in front of Naga may well be Naga’s 1/2 Devine 1/2 human son. One of the Titans old history…not myth but real …notice how they are all giants.

  70. Sanjeev Kaul Post author

    Few days earlier I was watching video of British museum where Indian god status were placed, many comments was to take back , but what we have we don't even care

  71. ahimsa parmo dharm Post author

    Proud to be jain hindu
    Love all animals and birds
    Non violence is best Relagion ??

  72. 1superbcc Post author

    Peaceful Jain Civilisation once flourished in Indian sub continent which once included Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc. However due to the waves after waves onslaught by MUSLIMS Islamic Jihadi invaders with destructive mentality destroyed very large part of Jain Civilisation .It is presently survived now only in INDIA

  73. lohit raj Post author

    In for all the Westerners pls understand Hinduism thr r two types of so called religions or Dharshana's.. Only true religion is Tri The sanatan Vedic religion which is a proper religion rest all are just dharshans one person realized all others are following.. That's why I call them as just sects, ism's, followers..

    1. Vedic (Shaiva, Pashupati, Samkya, mimamsa, Yoga, Vaishnava, Shakti, Ganapati, Subramanya, Surya, u can even add Saibaba, or more ancient religions like Agni, Indra, varun, mitra, etc) Now the rules of worship etc are in "Agamas"

    2. Non-Vedic (which reject domination of Vedas.. They have a Prophet)
    Jain, Buddha, charvaak, Sikh.. Tribal religions who worship non-vedic gods Tantrik schools Etc

    Another Non-vedic school Veerashaivam or ligayats who don't accept Vedas but they are worshipping Vedic God and they follow Agamas..

    PS: Beautiful thing about Vedic religions is you can question.. Seek answers and reject concept called God and reject ur prophets and find ur own way through as greats like kapila muni, patanjali, Rishabha, Gautama, Adi shankara, ramanuja, basavanna, Guru nanak etc…. They don't behead or Crucify you for questioning thr are no boundaries set rules of worship.. Our God is not insecure.. You can have No God one God or Many God's or many forms of that one God.. Religious freedom is what u have

  74. Swati Gawade Post author

    Absolutely correct interpretation.. Rock cut temples of India…. Carving pattern similar to kailash temple..

  75. Guri Gill Post author

    Mind blowing research you r carrying out and lot of endeavors u have to search into these historical sites bringing vast knowledge in front of us… we should learn from these sites….

  76. Nick Machiavelli Post author

    I love watching this bloke's videos. Always interesting.

  77. zizoboy heaven Post author

    they look like if they are sitting in a hair salon .. amazing ?

  78. originality Post author

    Buddism, & jainism is part of Hinduism only. . Sariyai , kiriyai , yogam, nyabam…these r the 4 teachings of hinduism. This buddhism n jainism is at 3rd level..a higher level of spirituality in hinduism is to meditate, giv up greed n seek.God within…thats the teaching of Hinduism. Thats d rule of d 3rd level…yogam.n nyanam. Thats why u can see these type of meditation posture in many old temples . But people always mistauen it as Buddha of Jains whn that Temple isself pre-dates buddism n Jainism!! So, maybe this fact can help Praveen.n others to get a better.answer for unsolved ancient History!!

  79. DU0ZA Post author

    shame you didnt talk and examine the first unfinished carving on the left id like to hear your opinion on that one

  80. Raum-Zeit -Kontinuum Post author

    I Always DO Love all of your Documentations! Hope you find some day a scripture how to Invoke those Naga Gods in becoming a spiritual Healer!!

  81. Jane Lawson Post author

    Thank you for all your investigations and sharing with them with us


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