Sulthan Bathery is located at a distance of about 100 km from Kozhikode, Kerala. This jinalay is one of the most important among a series of ruins spread across the state of Kerala that testify to a period of a strong Jain presence in this region. The Jain jinalay at Sultan Bathery is believed to have been built in 13th century.
The carved square pillars built on a raised platform holds the stone slab roof and intricate ornices on all the sides and the exquisite carvings on the pillars are a connoisseur’s delight. A square granite slab with a carving of Mahavir Jain can be seen in the inner sanctum of the jinalay which is surrounded by an pen verandah. There is a raised platform made of granite in front of the main entrance. This too holds carved pillars and their fluted columns end without any crown stones. The surrounding grounds too are paved in granite.
The jinalay has an interesting history. It first served as a shrine, and then became an important centre of commercial activity. Later in 18th century, it became a ammunition’s storing house for Tipu Sultan.