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Jain Tirthankaras found during field study (2009-2011)

- Dr B. Jambulingam      While carrying out field work in connnection with my research on Buddhism in Chola country - from 1993 to 2003 -  I identified many Tirthankara statutes . In 2009-2010, I had the privelege of being the Supervisor to Mr G.Thillai Govindarajan for his project entitled "Jainism in Thanjaur District, Tamil Nadu" (Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Vicoria & Alber Museum, New Delhi, May 2010).  During our combined field study we found Jain Tirthankaras in Serumakkanallur (Thanjavur district), Suraikkudipatti (Thanjavuar district), Panchanathikkulam (Nagapattinam district) and Doli (Tiruvarur district). These statues were found while carrying out and on completion of the project.      Serumakkanallur (June 2009) Serumakkanallur Tirthankara Photo: Thillai Govindarajan Based on the information given by Mr.Ayyampet Selvaraj we carried out field study and identified a Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankara statue in Serum