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Kere Basadi – Varanga

Kere Basadi offers a magnificent sight as it is built in the middle of a pond (kere). Hence the name. The whole structure is built on a star shaped platform. It has four entrances from four directions. On the outside, there is a separate “PradakshinaPatha” and “Garbhagudi”. It is believed that the idols in the “Garbhagudi” belong to the 12th century.

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.

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.

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