There is a historical Jain temple in Sulthan Bathery


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India is a melting pot of all races and religions: so said Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru. Although Hinduism is the main religion followed here, there are several other religions practiced here. Many other religions have originated in this land like Jainism and Buddhism. There are followers of this religion now all around the world.

An important religion that has originated from Hinduism is Jainism. It was started by Vardhamana Mahavira in the 6th century BC. The main teaching of this religion is Ahimsa or Non-violence to all forms to life. It also believes in JIVA, the individual soul which goes through the cycles of birth and death and attains Moksha after breaking the bondage of Karma. The main people responsible for the propagation of this religion are the 24 saints called as Tirtankaras. The Jains or followers of Jainism are divided into two groups- Digambaras and Shvetambaras.

There are many temples in India that are dedicated to the Jain Vardhamana. The temples are spread all over India Most of the temples have scriptures of Hindu gods on them. The Jain temple is the center of all community activity. The children are taught the teachings of Mahavira. All the Jains follow non-violence and vegetarianism. Jain temples are also located in South India. In Kerala, Jain temples are located in Palakkad district and Wayanad district. The jain temple in Sulthan bathery in Wayanad district has an interesting history. It is believed that Tipu Sultan, the erstwhile ruler of Mysore stord his ammuinition here in the Jain temple. Hence the place derives the name Sultan battery which was modified to Sulthan Bat-hery. The jain temple belongs to 13th century and has interesting stone carvings and wall paintings. Apart from this, there are other Hindu temples to Ganesha and Mariyamman. The stone carvings and wall paintings are worth viewing.

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