Kallil Devi Temple Perumbavoor

Kallil Temple is a Jain temple located at Kerala, South India. It is 12 km away from Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Kallil in Malayalam means in stone. It is one of the most ancient Jain temple in Kerala. It is one of the protected monuments in Kerala under Archaeological Survey of India. The temple, located in a 28-acre plot, is cut from a huge rock. The temple is owned by the Kallil Pisharody family. Studies indicate that the inception of the temple might date back to third century BC. This natural structure situated right in the middle of a jungle as wide as 28 acres is considered one among prime ancient Jain temples in Kerala. Kallil cave temple – a major tourist attraction is also a protected monument under the care of archeological research department. Perhaps the place where the Jain Sanyaasis performed the thapasya eventually became a temple in the course of time. This is said to have become a Hindu temple in the 9th century AD. Even today Jain followers come here to offer prayers. It is believed that the idols seen there are of Jainatheertha Parswanathan, Mahaveer and Pathmavathi Davi. This temple Sree Kallil Bhagavathi Cave Temple Mathala is now considered as an Hindu temple.