Moodbidri-Glorious 1000 Pillars Jain Temple

Moodbidri is a town in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. It is also called as Mudbidri, Bedra and Moodbiri. It is 33 km away from Mangalore city, the district headquarters. Since bamboo was grown widely in ancient days, the place got this name. Moodbidri is derived from two words, “Moodu” which means East and “Bidru” which means bamboo.

Saavira Kambada Basadi is a Jain temple famous for its 1000 pillars in Moodbidri. The term “Basadi” is a Jain shrine or temple (generally used in South India). The temple is also known as “Chandranatha Temple” as it tributes the Tirthankara Chandraprabha. An eight foot idol is worshipped in the temple. Saavira Kambada Temple is considered the excellent among the other eighteen Jain temples in Moodbidri town. The shrine has a 60 feet tall monolith manasthambha (“column of honor” is a pillar that is constructed in front of Jain temples).

Moodbidri is 55 km away from Udipi and Puttur. The nearest airport to this town is Mangalore which is 30 km away.

Tulu is spoken by greater number of the population but visitors can manage with English and Hindi.

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