Buddha Statues of Buddhamangalam and Peruncheri.

Ancient Buddha statue at Peruncheri, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu.
Ancient Buddha statue at Peruncheri, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu.

In the Nagapattinam district, there are many ancient Buddha statues still present. As detailed in Nagapattinam – The last citadel of Buddhism in South India, Nagapattinam was both one of the first and the last centers of Buddhism in South India. Its Buddhist connection starts from the time of Poompuhar, way back in the Sangam period. And, the latest of the Buddhist bronze statues of South India were also from Nagapattinam. Some of the large-sized stone statues that still remain intact, namely, Pushpavanam, Thirunellivakaval, were covered in earlier posts. Here, we cover two more – namely the Buddha Statues of Buddhamangalam and Peruncheri.

Peruncheri

In the Mayiladuthurai Taluk of Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu, there is a remote village named Peruncheri to the South of Arivalur. An ancient Buddha statue is hosted in an old shrine in this village. The statue is about 5’7” in height and is from the 8th to 10th Century CE. It was rediscovered around a century back and then installed in the present shrine. This Buddha shrine is near the Vakishvarar Temple in Peruncheri.

The word Arivalur means ‘the place of people with wisdom’. Arivor (people of wisdom) was an epithet used in Tamil Nadu for the Buddhist sangha. This area was part of the Chola Kingdom.

Ancient Buddha statue at Peruncheri, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu.
In front of the shrine hosting the ancient Buddha statue in Peruncheri
Ancient Buddha statue at Peruncheri, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu.
Kids of the village near the Buddha shrine

Puthamangalam (Buddhamangalam)

An ancient Buddha statue was discovered sometime back from the fields of Puthamangalam (Buddhamangalam), near Kilvelur in Nagapattinam. The name Buddhamangalam literally means, ‘an auspicious place of the Buddha’. However, now it is an impoverished village in Tamil Nadu, with a farming community living in huts.

Buddhism in Nagapattinam - Ancient Buddha statue in Buddhamangalam, Nagapattinam
At the ancient Buddha statue in Puthamangalam, Kilvelur, Nagapattinam. Author along with farmers.

This statue is presently hosted in a newly constructed Vihara, next to the fields. According to locals, a group of Buddhists from Thailand sponsored the building. Presently, the building is not in good condition. The farmers told us that the windows grills of the building were stolen for scrap iron.

Buddhamangalam village
The impoverished farming village of Puthamangalam (Buddhamangalam)
Buddamangalam in Nagapattinam
A small vihara constructed recently to host the ancient Buddha statue.

Other Posts Related to Nagapattinam:

Buddhism in Poompuhar

Poompuhar – A Long Lost City from the Sangam Age

Traces of Buddhism in the ancient city of Kaveri-Poompattinam Representation of Buddha’s footprint, discovered from the excavation of the remains ...
Read More
Nagapattinam Buddhas

Nagapattinam – The last citadel of Buddhism in South India

Ancient statue of Buddha from Nagapatttinam, Tamil Nadu. Buddhism in Nagapattinam flourished from the 2nd Century CE to 17th Century ...
Read More

Ancient Buddhist statues unearthed in Sellur, Tamil Nadu

Statues and Stupas from Sellur in Later Chola Period In 2004, T. Ramalingam, a farmer in Sellur (Kodavasal Taluk, Thiruvarur ...
Read More
Buddhism in Thiruvarur Tamil Nadu

Buddhism in Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu

Ancient Buddha statue at Thirunellikaval, Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu. Buddhism in Thiruvarur District There was widespread presence of Buddhism in ...
Read More
Buddhism in Pushpavanam, Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadru

A Majestic Vestige of Buddhism in Pushpavanam

Ancient Buddha statue at Pushpavanam, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. In our travels in search of the ancient Buddha statues of ...
Read More

Buddha Statues of Buddhamangalam and Peruncheri.

Ancient Buddha statue at Peruncheri, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. In the Nagapattinam district, there are many ancient Buddha statues ...
Read More

Latest posts by Yogi Prabodha Jnana & Yogini Abhaya Devi (see all)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *