Thousand Pillars Temple – Moodbidri

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Saavira Kambada Basadi is known for its magnificent pillars that are the hallmarks of this ancient place of worship. Thousand Pillars temple is also called Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Basadi which means the ‘crown jewel of the three worlds’. While the temple was first designed in the year 1430 by the then local chief Devaraya Wodeyar the current design was introduced in the year 1962. The construction took around 31 years to get completed, and the result is the beautiful structure that we see today.

The temple consists of three separate floors, the uppermost of which is open for devotees only once a year. No wonder, the upper floor is one of the best-kept secrets of the biggest and oldest Jain temples in Asia! The multiple ‘mandapas’ of the temples are supported by pillars, which are a sight to behold! The awe-inspiring beauty of the structures and the impeccable carvings adorning them are a source of intrigue for those who lay their eyes on them.

From mythical animals to inspirations from Mother Nature – the carvings on these pillars seem to convey various stories and beautifully reflect the art and culture of ancient times.

This temple enjoyed patronage from different rulers across dynasties like the Chalukya, Rashtrakuta, Alupa, and the Hoysala. The temple gained more prominence after much of the sacred Jain literature was shifted to Moodabidri from where it was previously kept in at Shravanabelagola – another important city for Jains.

These texts, which came to be known as Moodabidri texts, were originally written in Prakrit, but later were translated to ancient Kannada script. The Moodabidri texts have been inscribed in palm leaves, and are dated as far back as 1060 AD.

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Guru basadi – It has the black-colored 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.

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

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

Leppada Basadi – It 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.

Kallu Basadi – It is built during the 15th century has the white-colored idol of Bhagawan Sheetalanatha in the kayotsarga.

Devarajashetty Basadi – It has the black-colored idol of Bhagawan Mallinatha in the padmasana and was built during the 16th century.

Jolashetty Basadi – It is built during the 16th century has the idol of Bhagawan Padmaprabhu in the padmasana. Mahadeva Shetty Basadi and has the black-colored idol of Bhagawan Adinatha in the kayotsarga and was built during the 16th century.

Baikanatikaara Basadi – It is built during the 16th century has the black-colored idol of Bhagawan Ananthanatha in kayotsarga.

Kerebasadi – It has the black-colored idol of Bhagawan Mallinatha in the kayotsarga and is said to have been built during the 16th century.

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

Badaga Basadi – It has the white-colored idol of Bhagawan Chandranatha in the kayotsarga as the main deity and is said to have been built during the 16th century.

Padu Basadi – It has the black-colored idol of Bhagawan Ananthanatha in the kayotsarga and is said to have been built during the 13th century.

Bettakeri Basadi – It has the white-colored idol of Bhagawan Mahavira in the padmasana and is said t have been built during the 14th century.

Hire Basadi – It is built during the 14th century has the black idol of Bhagawan Shanthinatha in kayotsarga.

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

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

Main Deity: Chandraprabha
Best Time to Visit: December to March

Timings to Visit

9 AM to 8 PM

Entry Fee: Free
Visit Duration: 1-2 hours

How to Reach

By Air: Mangalore Airport – 30 km
By Train: Mangalore – 35 km, Venoor – 20 Km
By Bus: Mangalore KSRTC Bus Station – 31 km

Address

Thousand Pillars Temple, Mudbidri, Karnataka, 574227.

Karnataka Official Website Thousand Pillars Temple

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