Field Trip to Samanar Cave
To learn the life style of Jains and the growth of tamil literature during their period a field trip to Samanar hills located at Nagamalai Pudukottai was organized on the 21st of July 2012 by the tamil department. A team of 65 kids and 8 staff left the school campus at 09.30 am and reached the Samanar hills at 09.45 am. Our immediate visit was to the cave, to showcase the jains rock beds sculptured in. Then, we climbed the stairs to witness the cave where the Samanar lived during the 7th century for spreading the religion. Children were amazed to see the carvings of Mahaveer and his devotees on the rocks and the distinguished spots for meditation & teaching inside the cave. We left the cave with the clippings of these moments in our memories and in the camera
Next, we visited the Ayyanar temple located at the foot of Samanar hills. It is almost 600 years old and rebuilt by one of the British Rulers. We had our lunch under the shade of the banyan tree. We left the place at 12.30 p.m. and reached school by12.45 pm. The students were extremely happy and enjoyed the trip to the core. The trip created an awareness towards protecting the environment and our rich cultural monuments.