26 July 2015
I am always interested in looking at old and architecturally significant temples. So when I saw a photograph of a ruined Jain Temple displayed at Pazhassi tomb museum in Mananthavady, I did not take much time for me to decide to visit that place. The itinerary was slightly modified to accommodate the ruins!!
Reaching Panamaram was not a problem but it took little time to find out the road that led to the ruins. The rains were just next to the road but inside a coffee plantation. It is quite interesting to see the structure intact in spite of the plantation and scrubs grown all over.
It is amazing to see the architecture of the Temple. The Thirthankara statue inside the Temple is missing; most likely it would have been shifted out. Few sculptures are in a good shape. It was also little scary to enter as the roof seemed unstable.
Wayanad was one of the settlements of Jains in Kerala. It looks like Panramaram was one of the important places during the peak period of Jainism.