There are at least 6 places more around Madurai that were very important Jain centres. Yanaimalai, Kizhavalavu, Varichiyur, Karungaalakudi, Tiruvaathavur & Perumalmalai. (All have Tamili inscriptions from BCE times!).
7) Kazhugumalai – A visual treat. The reliefs here are very detailed & a real credit to Early Pandyan art. Both reliefs & inscriptions (Tamil & Vattezhuttu) are seen here in large numbers indicating how important a Jain centre this place was.
*People from across Tamilnadu visited the place as a pilgrimage and commissioned images here.
* To protect the hill/its sculptures, there were two groups of warriors - “Tirumalai Veerar” & “Parantaka Veerar”.
* There were women teachers here who taught both male and female pupils.