This ancient abode
ofJains dating back to the 2nd Century B.C. is about 16 Kms. from Pudukkottai .
The Rockcut cave temple here has beautiful fresco Paintings in natural colours as
in Ajanta. The Natural cavern with stone beds in which the Jain monks were said to have
sought refuge for meditation. This cave contains lithic record (Brahmi Script of 2nd
There are a few sculptures of Jain Thirthanharas
in the ardhamandapam and the inner shrine of the cave temple. The ceiling of the
ardhamandapam contains fresco paintings of the 9th Centure A.D. The cave
temple is said to have been excavated in 9th century A.D. and it is a pandya
creation and art.
Sittannavasal is one the oldest habitation
of man in the district and is rich in megalithic sites.
The cave temple and other sites are under the
control of Archaeological Survey of India. Admission by tickets, open all days. Frequent
bus service is available from Pudukkottai