Narthamalai, a cluster of small hills, is 25 km from Trichy on the Trichy - Pudukottai highway in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Here can be seen some of the oldest rock cut cave temples, as well as the longest rock-cut edicts, similar to Asokan edicts and extremely rare in the south of India. There are two rock-cut temples, Pazhiyili Isvaram and Samanar kudagu, and one magnificent structural temple called Vijayalaya Chozhisvaram, which is a marvellous piece of art, on the hill. There is a famous living temple of Mariamman. The Kadambar temple at the foot of a hill nearby is another beautiful temple. The natural cavern of Aluruttimalai contains polished stone beds and other Jaina vestiges.