Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple


This Temple is one of the most important amongst a series of ruins spread across the state of Kerala that testify to a period of a strong Jain presence in this region. Believed to have been built in the 13th century, it served as a Hindu shrine, an important centre for commercial activity and eventually as a battery (ammunition store) for Tipu Sulthan's marching armies.


Apart from this temple, there are other significant jain remnants in Wayanad. The temples at Punchavayal and Puthanangadi are the best known of these. With their beautifully carved pillars now partly ruined, and the area rather derelict, these sites exude a peculiar airomystery. The temple is 24 Kms. away from Kalpetta, 2 Kms. away from Sulthan Bathery and 41 Kms. away from Mananthavady.


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Nearest town: 
Sulthan Bathery (2 Kms away)

How to Reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode, about 97 km from Sultan Bathery
Nearest Airport: Karipur international airport, about 23 km from Kozhikode

Jain temple Wayanad is an important tourist spot for Jains and multi cultural guests. This is an excellent piece of Jain architecture. It is a must see not only for Jains but also for other tourists and multi cultural guest who are on visit to the heavenly Wayanad.


Jain temple Wayanad is located near Sulthan Bathery. Jain temple Wayanad is also known by the name Ananthanatha swami temple. Ananthanatha swami temple is an excellent spiritual spot. This Jain temple Wayanad is dedicated to the great Jain saint by name Ananthanatha swami.

Ananthanatha swami temple is located near Kalpetta at a distance of six Km from Kalpetta. This Jain temple Wayanad is generally referred to as Tippu’s fort. There is an interesting reason behind this name being given to Ananthanatha swami temple. King Tippusultan stored his ammunition in this fort during his reign. That is why this place is called Tippu’s fort. Another name given to this Jain temple is Sultan’s battery.


Jain temple Wayanad is known to be constructed in the thirteenth century. This temple and its surroundings have served as an essential place for commercial developments. It is sad to note that the beautiful pillars of Ananthanatha swami temple are ruined due to several reasons. 
The inner portion of the temple and the sanctum sanctorium are very quiet and serene. You should visit this temple to enjoy that tranquility and view the excellent architecture involved in its construction. Jain temple Wayanad located adjacent to Sulthan Bathery is one of the important tourist spot included in Upavan’s Wayanad tour trip.

The Jain influence in the culture and life of Sultan Bathery is very obvious and the history of Jain migration to the region starts from 12th century. In the 16th century too there was a major migration of the Jain community to the region and they came here mainly as traders, managing the cash crops.  Now there are only a few Jain families which remain here and they belong to the Digambar sect, locally known as Gowdas. 

The legacy of the earlier Jain settlers is revealed through the presence of Jain temples here. Most of them are now in ruins except two – one at Puthangadi (which lies about 20 km from Kalpetta on the Panamaram to Nadavayal Route) and the other at Sulthan Bathery.  The beautifully carved pillars and mural paintings of the Puthangadi temple often lure tourists and the structure and ambience there exudes a feel of history. 

Architectural peculiarities of Bathery Jain temple
The Jain temple at Sultan Bathery is believed to have been built in 13th century. The architecture of the temple has strong influences of the then Vijayanagar architectural style and it is made wholly of granite. 

The carved square pillars built on a raised platform holds the stone slab roof and intricate cornices on all the sides and the exquisite carvings on the pillars are a connoisseur’s delight. A square granite slab with a carving of Mahavir Jain can be seen in the inner sanctorum of the temple which is surrounded by an open verandah.  There is a raised platform made of granite in front of the main entrance. This too holds carved pillars and their fluted columns end without any crown stones. The surrounding grounds too are paved in granite.

The temple has an interesting history. It first served as a shrine, and then became an important centre of commercial activity. Later in 18th century, it became a dumping ground of ammunitions by Tipu Sultan. 


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