The Jain Temple at Sulthan Bathery sheds light into the rich past of the Jain community that once constituted the majority in the hill district. Though there are many Jain remnants across the district, the one at Sulthan Bathery is the most prominent, according to historians.
Believed to be built in the 15th century, the place itself derived its present name from the Jain Temple which was used as a fort by the King of Mysore, Tipu Sultan.
Tipu converted the temple into his battery to store arms and ammunition. In the later period the British named the place as one that nestles the Sultan’s battery which has now metamorphosed into ‘Sulthan Bathery’.
Earlier there was a tunnel under the temple, the origin of which was reportedly traced to the palace of Tipu in Mysore. Later the tunnel was closed as schoolchildren started exploring the tunnel.