Not far away from the town of Pudukottai is Sittanavasal , abode of Jain saints .
Uneven rock cut steps, up a small hill leads one to the monastery. The monastery is quite small, it has a small sanctum with idols of 3 Jain Tirthankars. Just outside the sanctum too, there are two statues of Tirthankars. The ceiling outside the sanctum has 7 th century frescoes. Though we cannot identify the painting on our own, a good effort was made by the guide who is posted there.
Frescoes as mentioned by the guide are - Fish floating in a pond, a lady adorned with jewellery ; jewellery was very much in use in 7th century too :) ,beautiful maidens plucking lotuses , a saint clad in saffron robes and elephants playing in the pond. Some have started peeling off.
The monastery is in a rock cut cave . The unique thing about this place is- if one enters the sanctum and concentrates on one’s breath, inhales and exhales slowly then we can hear a humming sound something like vibrations reflecting from the wall. The sanctum is a very small room with no windows. What baffles me a lot is, when we talk, it does not resonate. That small room might have been used by the sages living there. This looked as if abandoned and neglected for a few years and it has come under the Archaeological department of India now. Have a look at pictures I could capture. Photography inside the monastery is prohibited.