Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thousand Pillar Basadi, Moodbidri

Thousand Pillar Basadi in Moodbidri is one of the most important Jain Temple in the area. The local Chieftain Devaraya Wodeyar initiated the construction of the this beautiful temple in 1430. 



The construction of the temple completed in 31 years and it was built in phases. In the first phase sanctum was built with eight foot idol of Chandranath. As a result this temple is also known as the Chandranath Basadi. In the second phase magnificent prayer hall was built with its innumerable pillars.


Every pillar in this basadi is very unique and showcases the architectural excellence and grandeur. 



The big and small pillars all together they are thousand and hence the name. Every pillar has unique figures carved on them. 



In the last phase of construction was the erection of 60 foot monolith pillar, commissioned by Queen Nagala Devi. 

43 comments:

rupam sarma said...

Wonderful

Ranjana's craft blog said...

I have heard of this Basadi. Soon will visit. Thanks for sharing.

Jim said...

great shots

Bibi said...

All the Jain temples I have visited are so exquisitely beautiful, especially inside, with all that carving.

George said...

It's amazing that each of these pillars is unique in its detail. It certainly is a beautiful temple. I like the monolith pillar as well.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Honestly sometimes I can hardly believe all the wonders you show -- just so incredible.

Carver said...

That's an exquisite temple.

Photo Cache said...

Are all these beautiful temples under protection by the gov't, because these are so beautfiul and historic they should be preserved.

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Barb said...

I cannot imagine 31 years of construction, though the detail is incredible. Those boys are adorable - my grands would love to play with them.

Arun said...

Been wanting to see this place for a while now... have heard much about the place.

ladyfi said...

What a magnificent place!

Birgitta said...

Amazing architecture! Great photos!

Muza-chan said...

Amazing...

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is a very ornate temple and the monolith is impressive!

Leovi Leovi said...

I love these beautiful columns, excellent photos!

eileeninmd said...

A beautiful temple, Rajesh. The pillars are amazing.. Great post, enjoy your day!

R Niranjan Das said...

Beautiful architecture. Nice shots!

TexWisGirl said...

so very beautiful! love the kids standing near the column. :)

Marcy said...

Truly amazing!

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Jeevan said...

Wow! Simply beautiful and marvelous temple... 1000 pillars, and each carved elegantly is something unique like you say. Incredible Rajesh

Roger Owen Green said...

probably more than a thousand pillars!

ROG, ABCW

Irene said...

Amazing building, and great captures!

Irene

carol l mckenna said...

Always amazing temples and wonderful photos!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol
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Alexa T said...

Amazing details of pillars! Great pics!

Yoshi said...

I love the detailed carvings. The temple really fits with blue sky!
Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

What a beautiful part of the world! I'm so happy to see it from my armchair, since I'll never get closer!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!!

Rhonda Albom said...

The detail is amazing. I know 31 years is a long time, but it almost seems short to complete all of this.
(Visiting from Travel Photos Monday)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Wow!

Meoww said...

This is so cool. There is another 1000 pillar temple in Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. And i had thought that was the only one!

AuraOfThoughts MeenalSonal said...

Marvelous place.Nice clicks Rajesh.

Gattina said...

Just beautiful ! what an art work !
Gattina
ABC Wednesday Team
http://gattina-keyholepictures.blogspot.com/

Lmkazmierczak said...

Love pouring over your photos....terrific shots and exquisite buildings♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/sky-tipping/

Light and Voices said...

This structure is magnificent. If only I could visit your country some day. I can only dream.
JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

Donna said...

I think grandeur is the perfect word!

Sri Kri said...

Stunning shots.Wonderful Architect.

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Archana Kapoor said...

magnificent temple and splendid pictures...

D.Nambiar said...

Wow!! Look at those pillars and the work on them.
Thank you for the pictures, Rajesh. :)

Somali K Chakrabarti said...

These are exemplary examples of temple architecture. Just beautiful.

Ananya Kiran said...

Nice post.. Awesome Pictures

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Amit Agarwal said...

Amazingly beautiful!

singhalalok said...

I am in awe of the Architectures they used to have back then...such intricate work! Lovely!

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Never heard of this place! Beautiful architecture. :)

Saru Singhal said...

Yeah, pillar architecture and design is beautiful. A must visit place.