B.Jambulingam, Superintendent, Tamil University, who has done research on the topic “Buddhism in Chola country” claimed that the statue found at Kavinadu tank near Kattiyavayal on Pudukottai-Kudimiyanmalai road in Pudukottai district is not that of Buddha” but of a Jain Tirthankara.
Referring to reports in the press, including The Hindu , that a Buddha statue was found at Kavinadu tank, he said he undertook a field visit and found that the statue was that of Tirthankara.
“Iconographic aspects confirm this. Though curled hair was found in both Buddha and Jain statues, the Usnisha (flame on the head) which was specially meant for Buddha was not found in the statue found at Kavinadu tank. No Tilak mark was found on the forehead. No dharmachakra was found on the palm. Though a line was found over the chest meant to look like dress in the photograph, no such dress was found while seeing the statue in person. Rear view revealed that the statue was without dress. It confirmed that it was Jain Tirthankara”, said Mr. Jambulingam.