Karkala

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Karkala was a great Jain centre from the ancient times nad was the capital of the Santra family. The huge Gommata statue here was was installed in 1432 A.D. by Veera Pandyadeva a ruler of Bhairarasa(Santra) family of Karkala,who ruled here during the 14th century A.D.This statue has been carved out of a single stone standing on a 300feet high hill. On the foot steps of the hill there lies a beautiful tank named as Ramasamudra.

The famous Shanthinatha Basadi was built in 1334 A.D..Chaturmakha Basadi also known as Tribhuvantilak temple was built in the 16th century. This temple stands on 108 pillars which are very attractive with beautiful carvings on it.On the three sides of this temple are installed the idols of Bhagwan Arahnatha,Bhagwan Mallinatha and Bhagwan Munisuvrata and on the fourth side are installed the idols of the 24 Tirthankaras. The Karkala Jain muth has Sri Sri Sri Lalithakeerthi Bhataraka Swamiji as the Bhataraka.

The other temples in Karkala include: Parshwanatha Basadi:Which has an idol of Bhagawan Parshwanatha and an idol of Padmavathi Devi. 2. Chandranatha Basadi:it has in it the idol of Bhagawan Chandranatha in the Kayotsarga posture along with the idol of Yakshi Kushmandini.

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Karkala is at a distance of about 52 Km north-east from Mangalore and 384 Km north-west of Bangalore.

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