MOODABIDRI Jain Temple Mangalore

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U see image of Bahubali at Karkala. It is 42 feet tall and installed in 1432. Moodabidri is 38 kms from Mangalore and app 22 kms further is Karkala. Or Karkala is about 60 kms from Sringeri. The image is on top of a hill.

U reach top of hill by walking up these steps or can take a car. Hill surroundings are very green and pleasing to the eye as you can see.

Opp the temple entrance is Brahma Yaksh that you see. "Among the Yaksha’s to the 24 Tirthankara, the Yaksha of Lord Sheetalanatha i.e. Brahma Yaksha is very popular. Temples or a section of temple dedicated to Brahma yaksha or Kudure Brahma Yaksha (Brahma Yaksha on a horse) can be seen mainly in Karnataka."

Entrance dwar (door) to the complex.

Present pics of Bhagwan Bahubali Gomateshwara from various angles. It was 3 in the afternoon not the best time.

Behind the image of Bahubali are smaller images of the various Jain Tirthankaras that u see.

A front view of Bahubali.

A view from top of the hill.

A side view of Bahubali.

A view from top of the hill. It was very windy. In the monsoons the surrounding areas would look even better.

Entrance to the 1000 pillared temple at Moodabidri. "The Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani basadi is the largest of its kind in coastal Karnataka and is considered to be the most ornate of the Jain the Jain temples of this region. The large number and variety of pillars in this basadi led the common people to identify this temple as Thousand pillared temple (Savira Kambada Basadi) . This is a huge granite construction originally built in 1430 A.D and was completed in three stages."

U see entrance ornate to temple. "It was during 14th - 16th centuries that this city witnessed an unprecedented growth as a center of Jain religion, culture, art and architecture. Not less than 18 Jain temples, Known as Basadis, were constructed during this period."

"The 15-meter tall freestanding single stone (that you see on right of pic) pillar called manasthambha in front of the basadi is indeed a piece of art". On the left of pic is the ''dwajasthambha''- the flag post of the deity.

An overview of the temple side clicked around 3.30pm. The top part of the temple is all wood and sloping. Wonder why wood was used? Was the rain made sloping so that rain water can easily fall over the top. Seen sloping roofs in the Mocambika Temple at Kollur too which again is located in the Western Ghats area.

A closer view of the rear part of the temple. External pillars are not very impressive the inner ones are.

A close up of the roof just above temple entrance. In centre is image of a Jain Tirthankara (I think). Above in gold color is Kirti Mukh that wards off evil.

Large hall as u enter the temple. "The pillars and the roof this open hall are decorated with beautiful and minute carvings typical of Vijayanagara style."

U see "The 2.5 metres tall bronze image of Lord Chandranatha Swami housed in the sanctum of this basadi is considered to be an image of utmost importance in Jainism."

"Ornate pillars. ""There are beautiful images of Jain Trirthankar, Yakshas and Yakshis in every Jain basadi of Moodabidri. The stucco images in the Leppada basadi and Ammanavara Basadi " are worth a visit. The Jain tombs and Nyaya basadi at Kodangallu, in the outskirts of Moodabidri are movements of great historical interest."

There is a walkway all around the temple. This long corridor that u see is from one end of the temple to the other. It also gives u an idea of how the pillars are placed in two lines - see left hand side of pic. Also see "Guru basadi, Ammanavara Basadi, Gowri Temple (centre of town) and Hanuman Temple. The town was also a centre of Jain literature, visit Monastery there to know more. "

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