Valli Malai, Tamil Nadu, home of Pongi Amman, a.k.a Valli Amman

Jain Caves

On the way up from the Murugan Temple at the foot of Valli Malai to Tiruppukazh Asramam on the summit there are some ancient Jain caves. These contain many exquisite sculptures from centuries long past. The Indian Archaeological Department is currently administering the site.

View of the entrance to the Jain caves
Jains also worshipped gods and goddesses
Ancient sculptures of Jain tirthankaras
Inscriptions surround the Jain sculptures

Valli Tavapeetham
This is the platform where Valli did penance. Near the Muruga temple Kripananda Variar has built this Tavapeetham. The Arupadai Murugan Sannidhi is in this tavapeetham. Variar Swamigal used to say that every person born in this world should at least visit Valli Malai at least once and have a darshan of Lord Murugan. He used to repeat this in almost all his lectures.