Moodabidri

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Moodabidri (also Mudbidri), is occasionally referred to as the Jaina Kashi of South India. In all we can find 18 Jain temples at Moodabidri. With most of these temples being situated near the Jain Matha. This matha has Sri Charukeerthy Bhattarakha Swami as the chief pontiff.It has an information office for pilgrims and tourists, a dharmshala for about a hundred pilgrims and some guest-houses. Overseas visitors are welcome. Moodabidri is famous for its many old manuscripts and treasures of Jaina sculptures. The Siddantha Darshana that is available to the pilgrims is very impressive where in we can find many Rare Jain idols. The various temples at Moodabidri are:

1.Tribhuvana tilaka Chudamani or 1008 pillars temple – This temple has the panchaloha (5 metals) idol of bhagawan Chandranatha in the kayotsarga posture. This construction work of this temple is said to have been completed on the 29th of September 1430. It is being completely built of stone with its outer surface covered completely with copper. This temple is being constructed with 1008 pillars hence called as 1008 pillars temple or Savira Kambada Basadi in Kannada.

2.Guru basadi – This temple has the black coloured idol of Bhagawan Parshwanatha in the kayotsarga as the main deity. This temple is said to have been constructed in the year A.D. 714. It is being completely built of stone with its outer surface covered completely with copper.

3.Kotishetty Basadi – This temple being completely built of stone is said to have been built during the 15th century. It has the black coloured idol idol of Bhagawan Neminatha in the kayotsarga posture as the main deity.

4. Vikrmashetty Basadi – This temple has the idol of Bhagawan Adinatha as the main deity in the padmasana. It is said to have been built in the 14th century.

5.Leppada Basadi – This temple is said to have been built during the 14th century. It has the idol of Bhagawan Chandranatha in the padmasana as the main deity. We can also find the idol of goddess Jwalamalini in this temple.

6. Kallu Basadi – This temple built during the 15th century has the white coloured idol of Bhagawan Sheetalanatha in the kayotsarga.

7.Devarajashetty Basadi – This temple has the black coloured idol of Bhagawan Mallinatha in the padmasana and was built during the 16th century.

8. Jolashetty Basadi – This temple built during the 16th century has the idol of bhagawan Padmaprabhu in the padmasana.

9.Mahadeva Shetty Basadi – This temple has the black coloured idol of Bhagawan Adinatha in the kayotsarga and was built during the 16th century.

10.Baikanatikaara Basadi – This temple built during the 16th century has the black coloured idol of Bhagawan Ananthanatha in kayotsarga.

11.Kerebasadi – This temple has the black coloured idol of Bhagawan Mallinatha in the kayotsarga and is said to have been built during the 16th century.

12.Shettara Basadi – This temple is said to have been built during the 16th century and has the black coloured idol of Bhagawan Mahavira in the kayotsarga.

13.Badaga Basadi – This temple has the white coloured idol of Bhagawan Chandranatha in the kayotsarga as the main deity and is said to have been built during the 16th century.

14.Padu Basadi – This temple has the black coloured idol of Bhagawan Ananthanatha in the kayotsarga and is said to have been built during the 13th century.

15.Bettakeri Basadi – This temple has the white coloured idol of Bhagawan Mahavira in the padmasana and is said t have been built during the 14th century.

16.Hire Basadi – This temple built during the 14th century has the black idol of Bhagawan Shanthinatha in kayotsarga.

17.Patashale Basadi – This temple has the idol of Bhagawan Munisuvrata as the main deity and is said to have been built during the 18th century.

18.Matada Basadi – This temple built during the 16th century has the black idol of Bhagawan Parshwanatha in the kayotsarga as the main deity.

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The nearest railway station of Mangalore is at a distance of 35 kilometers and 20 Kms from Venoor. Bus service and private vehicles are available. There are board and lodging provisions.

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