|About 2 miles to
the south of Kanchi, Tiruparutikunram, a suburb of Kanchi, on the southern bank of
Vegavati, has long been known as Jaina Kanchi. It is a stronghold of the Digambara sect of
Jainism. For want of royal patronage and public support, the religion did not thrive and
was confined only to a few staunch followers and their descendants. The city was under the
Cholas from the 10th to the 13th century. The Cholas evinced keen interest in the
development of religion, as is evident from the inscriptions on the
walls of the temples. The weakness of the later Cholas and the - confusion caused by the
invasion of Malik Kafoor was responsible for the capture of the city by the Mohamedans.
The invasion was said to have been attended with great devastation, according to the
historian, Ali bin Azizullah.
From the 14th to the
17th century the city was under the Vijayanagar kings. These kings furnished the temples
with lofty towers, beautiful halls and mandapam. The
180-feet tower of Sri Ekambaranatha temple and the beautiful hundred-pillar mandaparn with
its exquisite workmanship in Sri Varadarajaswami temple are the best