South Canara (Dakshina Kannada) & Udupi District of Karnataka state is one of the paradises for Tourist & Travellers during both Summer & Monsoon. River & Beaches were highlights during Summer where Western Ghats offers some of the beautiful treks along with Splendid greenery during the monsoon makes it’s one of the favourite destinations! Temples, Mosques, Churches, Jain Basadi’s & Spiritual destinations were other attractions around South Canara (Dakshina Kannada) & Udupi District.
In this article, I will look at some of the Jain Basadi’s can be visited throughout South Canara (Dakshina Kannada) & Udupi District of Karnataka state. I am mainly concentrating on 3 important places around Namma Mangaluru (Mangaluru) which is situated in 2 different districts of Karnataka.
- Scenic & Heritage Varanga: Neminatha Basadi, Chandranatha Basadi & Kere Basadi.
- Moodabidri: Saavira Kambada Basadi
- Karkala: Chaturmukha Basadi & Gommateshwara Betta
How to reach Varanga, Moodabidri & Karkala: I have kept Varanga as common point to reach because other 2 places Moodabidri & Karkala where nearby. These places can be visited very easily if one had made it to either of 3 places.
Please find below details which might help to plan itinerary to visit Varanga, Moodabidri & Karkala:
Nearest town is Karkala (Around 364 Kms. from Bengaluru)
Mode of transport: Varanga is well connected by road network. Once can easily visit Varanga by Public transport or Own transport.
- By Public transport: Varanga comes on Karkala – Agumbe Road. It is located on State Highway SH-1. Direct Busses are available to Varanga from Karkala.
- By Own transport: If you have own transport it is very easy to reach Varanga. First reach Karkala, from there take drive on Agumbe Road. After 23.6 Kms. take right deviation which will take to Varanga.
Distance from different cities:
- Bengaluru: Around 388 Kms. via NH 75 (Bengaluru to Varanga)
- Mangaluru: Around 84.9 Kms. via NH66 and Karkala – Padubidri Rd (Mangaluru to Varanga)
From Bengaluru, Take following route to Varanga: Bengaluru –> Hassan –> Dharmasthala –> Karkala –> Varanga
From Mangaluru, Take following route to Varanga: Mangaluru –> Karkala –> Varanga
KMs distances noted for the reference:
- Bengaluru –> Hassan –> Dharmasthala –> Karkala –> Varanga is 388 Kms. via NH 75.
- Mysuru –> Hunsur – Kushalanagar – Madikeri –> Sullia –> Puttur –> Moodbidri –> Karkala –> Varanga is 275 Kms. via NH275.
- Mangaluru –> Karkala –> Varanga is 84.9 Kms. via NH66 and Karkala – Padubidri Rd.
From different places of Karnataka:
- Dharmastala is 82 Kms. via SH37.
- Karkala is 23.6 Kms. via SH1.
- Udupi is 44 Kms. via Udupi – Perdoor – Agumbe Rd.
- Kundpur is 57.9 Kms. via Halady Rd.
- Hebri is 8.8 Kms. via via SH1.
- Agumbe is 25.5 Kms. via via SH1.
- Sringeri is 54.1 Kms. via via SH1 and SH27.
- Moodabidri is 42.4 Kms. via via SH1 and NH169.
- Bantwal is 70.4 Kms. via via SH1 and Bantwal – Moodbidri State Hwy.
- Puttur is 95.6 Kms. via SH37.
- Sullia is 130 Kms. via NH275.
- Shimoga is 119 Kms. via via SH1 and NH169.
- Chikmagalur is 138 Kms. via Chikkamagaluru-Sringeri Rd (via Balehonnur, Sringeri, Agumbe and Hebri).
Best time to visit: Varanga can be visited throughout the year but i will recommend to explore in Monsoon season especially during the month of June to October because one can witness greenery around the place and view of Kere Basadi will be Breathtaking!!!
Scenic & Heritage Varanga
Varanga is a small village located at a distance of 26 Kms. from Karkala in Udupi District. This village is found on the way from Karkala to Agumbe.
Varanga is a popular pilgrim center especially for Jains. This beautiful village houses most ancient and wonderful Basadi’s (Jain Temples).
The main attractions of Varanga are Neminatha Basadi, Chandranatha Basadi and Kere Basadi.
Neminatha Basadi: The history of Neminatha Basadi dates back to 1200 years. This basadi was constructed during the reign of Varanga Raya. The Neminatha Basadi is popularly called as Here Basadi which means Big Temple. The Basadi houses 24 Tirthanakaras in Kayotsarg posture. The main attraction of this basadi is 5 feet black Statue of Lord Neminatha, the 22nd Tirthankara in Padmasana position seating on ‘Kamala Peeta’ (lotus seat).
Neminatha is also considered as God of the Village (Gramadevaru). Kushmandini Devi, the Yakshi dedicated to Lord Neminath also called as Ambika Devi and idol of Yakshi Padmavati Devi is also present.
A small shrine dedicated to Kshetrapala is situated outside the temple. A tall Manasthamba of 45 feet can be found outside the temple and 4 Thirthankaras are erected on the top of the pillar.
Information Courtesy: Google
Entrance of Neminatha Basadi is oldest one and great place to explore during monsoon!
Chandranatha Basadi: Chandranath Basadi is another important Basadi of Varanga. This basadi is also called as Matada Basadi because it houses the Jain Mutt. It is believed that this Basadi has the history of 1000 years. The main deity worshipped here is Chandraprabha, 8th Tirthankara. The uniqueness and main attraction of this Basadi is the idol of the deity is made of Chandrashila and one could see the light across the idol.
Information Courtesy: Google
Kere Basadi: The uniqueness of Kere Basadi is that it is situated in the midst of a gentle green lake in Varanga. It seems like a lotus in a pond. This basadi is also called as Jalamandir. Tranquil lake contrasts well with the sharp quadrilateral architecture of the basadi and gentle swaying hills at the distance.
It is believed that this Basadi has the history of 850 years. The Kere Basadi is dedicated to Lord Parshwanath, the 23rd Tirthankara. The basadi is a chaturmukha which has four entrances in four directions. The Kere Basadi houses the idols of Lord Parshwanatha, Lord Shanthinatha, Lord Ananthanatha and Lord Neminatha in Kayotsarga posture facing four different directions.
The idol of Goddess Padmavathi, Yakshi of the deity is installed in front of the Parshwanatha idol.
This Basadi remains closed most of the time and devotees can request the priest of the Basadi to take them to the Basadi. The only way to reach this Basadi in Varanga is in a small wooden boat.
People believe that offering prayers and worshipping Lord Parshwanath in this Basadi brings prosperity and fulfill the wishes of the devotees.
Information Courtesy: Google
Note: One boat is available at Varanga which is used for pick-up & drop to Kere Basadi. Please contact Priest of Kere Basadi who will help to reach Kere Basadi.
Moodabidri: Saavira Kambada Basadi
Saavira Kambada Temple (Kannada: ಸಾವಿರ ಕಂಬದ ಬಸದಿ Sāvira Kambada Basadi) or Tribhuvana Tilaka Cūḍāmaṇi (Sanskrit: त्रिभुवन तिलक चूडामणि), is a basadi (ಬಸದಿ or Jain temple noted for its 1000 pillars in Moodabidri, Karnataka, India. The temple is also known as “Chandranatha Temple” since it honors the tirthankara Chandraprabha, whose eight-foot idol is worshipped in the shrine.
For more information, visit this link: Sāvira Kambada Basadi, Moodabidri
Entrance of Saavira Kambada Basadi
Saavira Kambada Basadi in My Nikon
Karkala: Chaturmukha Basadi & Gommateshwara Betta
Chaturmukha Basadi: Chaturmukha Basadi is a symmetrical Jain temple situated in Karkala, Karnataka, India. It is one of the most famous monuments in Karkala.
It has four symmetrical faces and is thus called chaturmukha (four faces) basadi (a term used to refer to Jain temples in South India). The temple has images of Tirthankara Aranath, Mallinath and Munisuvratnath.
For more information, visit this link: Chaturmukha Basadi, Karkala
Chaturmukha Basadi in My Nikon
View of Gommateshwara Betta from Chaturmukha Basadi
Note: Chaturmukha Basadi & Gommateshwara Betta are opposite to each other & it is walk-able distance to explore both of them. Below road separates them at outskirts of Karkala!
Gommateshwara Betta: Gommateshwara Statue at hilltop(Betta in Kannada) is monolith Statue of Bhagavan Shri. Bahubali Swami situated on a hill top at Karkala Town, Udupi District, Karnataka State is installed in the year 1432. This Statue is 41.5 feet tall from the ground level. This idol of Shri.Bhagavan Bahubali Swami is emanating the glorious massage of non-violence, nonmaterialism, sacrifies, peace and tranquility to the world. The 582 years old Shri Bahubali Statue is annointed (Mahamasthakabhisheka) every twelve years by the devotees of Bhagavan Bahubali Swami and members of Jain community.
Entrance & way to Gommateshwara Betta
Unique captures of Gommateshwara Statue of Karkala
Note: I have not explored Aane Kere Basadi which is located in the middle of Aane Kere Lake which is nearby to Chaturmukha Basadi & Gommateshwara Betta of Karkala.
Final words: Jain Basadi’s of Varanga, Moodabidri & Karkala were strongly recommended for Tourist & Travellers. Photographers goon enjoy clicking these places in their Magic Box! Please don’t miss these places, must visit places in Namma Karnataka!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂