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Preface

The Book "Jinar Malaigal Alladhu Aravor Palligal" is of great historical significance. It is a work of deep research and embodies in it details of the severe austerities practised by Jain saints in Tamil Nadu from time immemorial, of the great contribution made by them to the enrichment of Tamil grammer and literature and of the religious and educational centres established by them to faster right conduct and knowledge among the people.

The hills and caves where they lived and undertook penance in Tamil Nadu for more than 2000 years are replete with historical evidence in the form of carvings, sculptures of the Thirthankaras, saintsbeds, and stone inscriptions.

Jeevabandhu Sri. T.S. Sripal has a first hand knowledge of almost all these places of importance and so can speak of them with authority and understanding. In a series of articles in "Nallaram", a Tamil journal, he began describing them for the benefit of its readers from 1969.

Lord Mahaveera's 25th Nirvana centenary commemoration volume committee under the auspices of Sri Mahaveer Jain Kalyam Sangh of Vepery. Madras-7 expressed desire that the articles should be published in a book form so that they can have wider publicity. Sri Sripal readily agreed to our proposal and the book was released by His Holiness 1008 Sri Lakshmisena Bhattaraka Bhattacharyavarya Swamiji, the Mathathipathi of Mel Sithamur on 13-11-74 the Deepavali Day at the Inaugural Function of Bhagavan Mahaveer 2500th Pari Nirvana Mahotsava held at the premises of Guru Shree Shanti Vijai Jain Vidyalaya 25-A, Vepery High Road, Madras-7, under the auspices of Commemoration Volume Committee.

Sri T.S.Sripal is a powerful personality in Tamil Nadu. His ceaseless efforts towards the elimination of animal sacrifice in temples and his final success in inducting the Tamil Nadu Government to ban the obnovious custom by law are so well-known that they do not require any special mention. As long back as 1943 in a meeting organised to celebrate Mahaveer Jayanthi, he was conferred with the title of "Jeevabandhu" by R.K. Shanmugam Chettiar. Sri Sripal has also earned the title of "Jaina Samaya Kaavalar" (the guardian of Jainism) from his affectivate admirers, on account of the unique service rendered by him to the Jain Society in Tamil Nadu for more than half a century.

This year, Jeevabandhu Sripal was honoured by the Veera Nirvana Bharathi Sangh of Meerut the title of "Samaja Ratna" in a meeting held at Delhi on 29-10-74 under the auspices of All India Digambar Jain Sangh. The Vice-President of India, Sri B.D. Jatti, presided over the meeting and presented him with the award which included a gold medal, a cash of Rs. 2500/- and a golden shawl.

Another award also awaits Jeevabandhu Sripal. The Animal Welfare Board of India has chosen him as a recipient of the title of "Prani Mithra". The award is to be given in December 1974 by the Rashtrapathi at NewDelhi.

We have every hope that the life of Jeevabandhu Sripal will shine as a beacon light to generations to come and the honour and titles earned by him will induce many youngsters to follow his footpath in the service of humanity.

In a congratulatory lettar written on him by Sri Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain, the President of the All India Digambar Jain Sangh, he praised him as "You were rightly honoured for your great services to the Community and religion".

We are indeed proud that we have been given the opportunity to publish this rare book of historical importance by Jeevabandhu Sri. T.S. Sripal. We have every hope that the book will be very well received by the reading public to their benefit.

Madras-7
13-11-1974

Secretary,
The Commemoration Volume Committee.


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