Sunday, September 14, 2014

Moodbidri, the Jainkashi

Moodabidri is a town-municipality just 38 kms from Mangalore. It is nestled in nature’s beauty, surrounded by lush green paddy fields and natural water ponds. 



It is regarded as sacred for Jains by virtue of its being a Jain center. As a result it is known as Jainkashi. It is a pilgrim center for the Jains not only because of several sacred Basadis, but more so because of the most sacred scriptures of Jainism, the Dhawalas found in their original form on palm leaves.



We were here in search of  "Thosand Pillar Basadi". But we were pleasantly surprised to discover many more of heritage structures. There are 18 huge Basadis or temples here of which some I have visited:
  • Guru Basadi
  • Thousand Pillar Basadi
  • Badga Basadi
  • Settara Basadi
  • Ammanavara Basadi
  • Betkeri Basadi
  • Koti Basadi
  • Vikrama Setty Basadi
  • Kallu Basadi
  • Leppada Basadi
  • Deramma Setty Basadi
  • Chola Setty Basadi
  • Mahadeva Setty Basadi
  • Bykanathikari Basadi
  • Kere Basadi
  • Padu Basadi
  • Shri Jain Math Basadi
  • Jaim Pathshala Basadi

The nearby places of interest are:

35 comments:

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Rajesh

There is so much beauty in India.
I'm sure you will never run out of great posts and photographs.
My son has travelled through much of India and he loved it all and the hospitable people he met along the way.
Shane

eileeninmd said...

I really like the view of the pretty green paddy fields. The temples are beautiful too. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your new week!

Beth said...

Your country has some amazing architecture, Rajeesh. Thanks for the virtual tour!

Snap said...

You always add to my knowledge. Thank you!

marisol@travelingsolemates said...

I love the lush rice paddies. So soothing to the eyes. The Jain temples are beautiful. It's interesting about the sacred scripture found on palm leaves.

Noel Morata said...

Beautiful, it's quite lush in this part of India and tropical

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Another very interesting post. . .I learn so much from you and your lovely photos!!

Donna said...

A completely new place and new culture I did not know about.

Sallie Rainville said...

Beautiful temples. Makes a lovely mosaic.

Muza-chan said...

Interesting...

http://joshidaniel.com/ said...

loved that greenery :)

rupam sarma said...

So beautiful, Thanks for sharing :)

R Niranjan Das said...

Looks very neat and serene.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Vibrant green paddy fields....interesting temples!

Enjoy your week,
Ruby

Andrew Fulton said...

So lovely to see...

Sylvia K said...

Lush green, beautiful skies and a wonderful look at your world, Rajesh!! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

Karen said...

A very quaint little town :-)

Al said...

That looks like an area with much natural beauty.

bj said...

O, I do love that red roof...

Carver said...

Looks like a perfect day to visit such a beautiful place.

ladyfi said...

What a lovely place.

RNSANE said...

I love India's temples - sady I have visited few. My friend, Shiju Sugunan, took me to Mysore and we visited a temple near there, about 700 years old, not an active place of worship, but incredible with all its intricate carvings. I love driving past all the lush rice paddies, a different landscape from Mumbai, that's for sure.

My post is of an bicycle rickshaw in Jaipur.

Nanda Kumar said...

beautiful sir!

Rajlakshmi said...

Loved the picture wide fields... reminds me of hometown

Leovi said...

I really liked this wonderful place, beautiful photos!

Jeevan said...

I ever know about this Jain center! Beautiful location and wonderful temple architectures.

Gillena Cox said...

all that lush greenery, so cooling to the eyes

much love...

carol l mckenna said...

Great choice for J and always fascinating photos and history here ~ thanks,

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Reader Wil said...

There is a lot of heritage in your country. Thank you for sharing all these beautiful buildings and for telling about their history!
Have a great week!
Wil, ABCW Team

Roger Owen Green said...

nice building, but I REALLY like the grass!

ROG, ABCW

Photo Cache said...

nice post.

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Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I love that broad, green expanse (the rice field) that introduces this series of photos!

Hens Framed in Red

Ravish Mani said...

Amazing captures..... Love the greenery most :)

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

India is such a beauty! I wish to viist all these places... :-)

Yogi Saraswat said...

so many temples are at a small place . so it should be another city of temples. great natural pictures !!