Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala

Chitharal inscription

The Chitharal stone inscription is at the Bhagavathi temple atop the Chitharal Hills, around 6 km from Kuzhithurai in Tamil Nadu. The region was once part of the erstwhile Travancore kingdom.

The inscription is believed to be made in the 28th year of the reign of Ay king Vikramadithya Varagunan. The inscription on a rock to the south of the temple speaks of a donation of costly gold ornaments to the Jain temple on the Thiruchanathu hill by an individual. It also mentions some conditions to make offerings to "Bhattiyar".

The temple was of the Jain monastery till mid-13th century. The Chitharal hill is mentioned as Thrichanathu hill in the inscription. (See Thirucharanam temple, Chitharal cave temple).

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