Moodbidri, is a small town located at a distance of 35 km north-east of Mangalore in Dakshina Kannada District . Moodbidri is known as the ‘Jain Kashi’ of South India and it is an ancient center of Jain learning.
Moodbidri houses 18 Jain temples (basadis). The oldest of them is the 15th century Chandranatha Basadi, which is also known as the 1000 (Thousand) Pillars temple or ‘Savira Kambada basadi‘.
Thousand Pillars temple
This is a large granite temple built in 1430 A.D. The main entrance of the thousand pillar temple, which faces the east, opens onto a wonderful 15 meter tall monolithic pillar called Mahastamba in front of the doorway.
The 2.5 meter tall bronze idol of Lord Chandranatha Swami in the sanctum hall is considered to be very sacred. The pillars of this basadi are decorated with carvings typical of Vijayanagara style.
The temple boasts of a valuable collection of jewel-encrusted metallic images of Jain tirthankaras, and superb monolithic columns in the Jain tradition, each with a different carving.
The Jain Mutt near the main temple entrance has a library protecting some beautiful 12th and 13th century palm leaf manuscripts.
Distance from Moodbidri
Mangalore: 35 km
Kateel: 22 km
Bangalore : 350 km
How to get there
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railhead: Mangalore
Road: Moodbidri is well connected by roads.