Moodabidri
Posted: Monday, August 18th, 2008 | Views: 9656
Historical monuments  -   Moodbidiri, Mangalore
37 kms northeast of Mangalore City
How to reach:  Express buses from Mangalore, Udupi, Karkala, Shimoga, Kudrmukha, Sringeri, Dharmastala, Mulki etc. every 5-10 minutes.
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Because of widely grown Bamboo in ancient days, this place got named as Moodabidri. Moodabidri comes from two words Moodu and Bidiru. Moodu means East and Bidiru means Bamboo.

Saavira Kambada Basadi, which literally translates to Basadi of 1000 pillars in English is one of the most major Basadis located in Moodbidri, Karnataka. The Basadi is also known as Tribhuvanatilaka Chudamani (Crest jewel of the three worlds) Basad and Chandranath basadi honouring, lord Chandranath, whose eight foot idol is worshipped in the Basadi.

The Chaturmukha Basadi, is an important place of worship for the local Jains, was built in the late 16th century by Veeranarsimha Banga. It houses life-size statues of three revered Tirthankaras, Ara, Malli and Munisuvrata, as well as images of the other Jain saints. The Basadi has 48 pillars inside the Garbagriha and 60 pillars outside the entrances. It took over 30 years to build the Basadi. The statue of Brahma standing with the female figure of the Padmavati Yakshi is also seen in the eastern side of the Basadi.

The glorious history of this district and its temples are described in great detail in 1,000-year-old scriptures, which are valuable treasures of the Jain religion. Currently in the possession of Lalithakeertha Swamiji, a patron of Jain Culture in the district, the scriptures have words of wisdom and tradition etched on dried leaves, preserved in perfect condition over the centuries. These scriptures are made available on request.

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