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Mudabidri (Moodabidri) also called Mudbidri , an ancient center of Jain learning, is a small town 37 km northeast of the Dakshin Kannada district headquarters, Mangalore , in Karnataka , India . Its average elevation is 147 metres (482 feet).

History

During 14th - 16th centuries this town emerged as a center of Jain religion, culture, art and architecture. 18 Jain temples, snown as Basadis , were constructed during this period. The Jain Math at Moodabadri is headed by a Bhattaraka belonging to the Mula Sangh order.

The most famous among them are Guru basadi, Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani Basadi and Ammanavara Basadi.

  • Guru basadi the earliest of the Jain monuments. A beautiful stone idol of Parshwanatha, about 3.5 metres tall, is installed in the sanctum of this basadi. Here the rare Jain palm leaf manuscripts of 12th century A.D. known as Dhavala texts' are preserved.
  • Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani basadi is the largest and the most ornate of the Jain temples of this region. The common people also call this temple as Thousand pillared temple (Savira Kambada Basadi) . This is a large granite temple built in 1430 A.D. The 2.5 metres tall bronze image of Lord Chandranatha Swami in the sanctum of this basadi is considered to be very sacred. This three storied construction was supported by the rulers, the Jain Bhattaraka Swamiji, merchants and the common people. The temple is famous for the open pillared hall in front, consisting by a large variety of ornate pillars decorated with carvings typical of Vijayanagara style. A 15-meter tall single stone pillar called manastambha stands in front of the basadi.

Ratnakara Varni, the medieval Kannada author of Bharatesha Vaibhava belonged to this place. The famous Jain canonical texts known as Dhavala texts and also a number of palm leaf manuscripts of historical and literacy value are preserved in the Jain Math (monastery).

Moodabidri was the seat of the Chowtas , a Jain ruling family, who were originally located at Puthige, about 5 km from here. They moved their capital to Moodabidri in the 17th century. The remains of the 17th century Chowta Palace is known for its beautifully carved wooden pillars and ceilings.

There are beautiful images of Jain Trirthankar, Yakshas and Yakshis in every Jain basadi of Moodabidri. The stucco images in the Leppada basadi and Ammanavara Basadi are magnificent. The other basadis at Moodabidri are the following : 

(1) Badaga basadi (2) Shettara basadi
(3) Hire basadi  (4) Betkeri basadi 
(5) Koti basadi (6) Vikrama Shetti basadi 
(7) Kallu basadi (8) Leppada basadi
(9) Deramma Shetti basadi    (10) Chola Shetti basadi
(11) Maday Shetti basadi (l2) Baikanatikari basadi
(13) Kere basadi (14) Padu basadi 
(15) Shri Mathada basadi  (16) Jaina Pathashaleya basadi, ete.

  Nagagala Devi, the queen of Bhairava Raja, erected the Manastambha, a huge monolith of a height of 50 feet, in front of the basadi.

Moodabidri was a centre of Jain literature too. Ratnakara Varni, the doyen of medieval Kannada literature and the author of Bharatesha Vaibhava belonged to this place. The famous Jain canonical texts known as Dhavala texts and also a number of palm leaf manuscripts of immense literacy value are in the possession of the Jain monastery here. During Mughal assaults, the old Jain texts were shifted from Shravanabelagola to the safer Moodbidri. Rediscovered in the 1800s, these Moodbidri Manuscripts Prakrit texts copied in old Hale-kannada script, with pinpricks on palm leaves are revered as the oldest (scribed circa 1,060 A.D.) written materials of the tradition going back to Arihant. The collection of 3 ancient manuscripts: Dhavala, Jayadhavala and Mahadhavala, collectively called the "Siddhanta" in Digambara tradition. For many centuries, the only copy of the Siddhanta was this collection. 
   Moodabidri was also the seat of the Chowta's, a local Jain ruling family, who were originally ruling from Puthige, a village about 5 km from here. This area was ruled by the Jain Chautar dynasty for about 700 years. Their descendants still live in an old palace. They shifted their capital to Moodabidri in the 17th century, where they constructed a palace, the remains of which can still be seen. Moodabidri still maintains its old charm as an important Jain centre coastal Karnataka. The city has a large population of Jains who keep the spirit of Jainism still alive. Many Jain festivals are also being celebrated here throughout the year. Moodabidri continues to the most sought after pilgrimage centre of the Jains from all over country. 
     The Jain Math at Moodabadri is headed by a Bhattaraka belonging to the Mula Sangh order. At Mudabidri, there are some remarkable monuments to late Bhattarakas. These monuments, Nishadhikas in Sanskrit, are shaped like pyramidical stupas. The name "Charukirti" and the title "Panditacharya" is still borne by the Bhattarakas of Shravanbelgola and Mudabidri. The 31st occupant of the Shravanbelgola throne composed "Jainacharya Parampara Mahima" preserving the oral tradition of the order. 

Distance:- 350 km from Bangalore.
Mangalore- 35 km.
By Road: -

8 hours

By Rail: - Nearest railway station - Mangalore.
By Air: - Nearest Airport - Mangalore & Bangalore.
Route:-

Take NH48 to Mangalore via Kunigal, Yediyur, Hassan, Sakleshpur and Mani.

When to go:- September to February would be ideal.
Tourist offices:- KSTDC(bookings and info) Badami House, NR Square, Bangalore Tel: 080-2275869, Fax: 2352626 Email: kstdc@vsnl.in
Where to stay :- Taj Manjarun Old Post Road, Bunder, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2420420 Fax: 0824-420585 Email:manjarun.mangalore@tajhotels.com Web site: www.tajhotels.com Tariff Range:Rs.1800/-to Rs.6000/ -+Tax For reservations, contact: Tel: 080-2255055

Summer Sands Beach Resort Chotamangalore,
Ullal, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 574 159 Tel: 0824-2467690 Fax: 0824-467693 Tariff Range: Rs. 1600/- to Rs. 4649/- Email: summer@satyam.net.in
Web site: www.summer-sands.com

Hotel Poonja International K S Rao Road, Hampankatta, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2440171, 240176 Fax: 0824-2441081
Email:info@hotelpoonjainternational.com
Website:www.hotelpoonjainternational.com
Tariff Range: Rs. 500/- to Rs. 3000/-

Hotel Indraprasta Nalapad Chamber, Light House HillRoad, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 574 001
Tel: 0824-2424757 Fax: 0824-2422463 Email: nalapad@vsnl.com Web site: www.nalapad.com
Tariff Range: Rs. 650/- to Rs. 1750/-+Tax

Hotel Sapthagiri International Kavoor, Airport Road, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 015 Tel: 0824-2481676 Tariff Range: Rs. 312/- to Rs. 1680/-

Saptagiri Hotels Airport Road, Kavoor, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada - 575 015 Tel: 0824-2481672/ 78
Fax: 0824- 2481686 Email: saptagiri@vsnl.com
Tariff Range: Rs. 300/- to Rs. 1680/-+Tax

Moti Mahal Falnir Road, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2441411 Fax: 0824-2441011 Email: motimahal@vasnet.co.in Tariff Range: Rs. 1300/- to Rs.1550/-

Hotel Pentagon Kankanady, Pumpwell Circle,
Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 002 Tel: 08242 - 249203 Tariff Range: Rs. 432/- to Rs. 1500/-

Holiday House Resort Parpunja Post Kumbra,
PutturTaluk, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 08257-285286 Tariff Range: Rs. 700/- to Rs. 1500/-+Tax

Hotel Mangalore International Aysha Towers,
K S Rao Road, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2444860/ 64 Fax: 0824-2444859
Tariff Range: Rs. 530/- to Rs. 1390 /-+Tax

Hotel Maharaja International Main Road, Suratkal Post, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 574 158 Tel: 0824-2475035 Tariff Range: Rs. 350/- to Rs. 1200/-+Tax

Hotel Ayodhya Kodialbail, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 003 Tel: 0824-2493681/ 84
Tariff Range: Rs. 300/- to Rs. 1000/-

Hotel Residency Park Attavar Road, Near Noor Masjid, Hampankatta, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2448611 Tariff Range: Rs. 500/- to Rs.1000/-

The Prestige Collector's Gate, Balmatta Junction,
Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 002 Tel: 0824-2410601/ 05 Fax: 0824-2443676 Email: theprestige@yahoo.com Tariff Range: Rs. 600/- to Rs. 900/-

Hotel Dhanyawad Hampankatta Circle, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2440066
Fax: 0824-2440069 Tariff Range: Rs. 300/- to Rs. 900/-+Tax

Hotel Woodlands Bunts Hostel Road, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada - 575 003 Tel: 0824-2443751
Tariff Range: Rs. 312/- to Rs. 870/-+Tax

Hotel Kavitha Residency Urva Store, Suratkal Highway, Mangalore, DakshinaKannada - 575 006
Tel: 0824-2450381/84 Tariff Range: Rs. 350/- to Rs. 775/-+Tax

Hotel Shaan Plaza K S Rao Road, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2440312/19
Tariff Range: Rs. 300/- to Rs. 750/-+Tax

Hotel Srinivas Ganapathi High School Road,
Hampankatta, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2440061, 2423302 Tariff Range: Rs. 450/- to Rs. 700/-+Tax

Hotel Manorama K S Rao Road, Opposite Prabhat Talkies, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001
Tel: 0824-2440306 Tariff Range: Rs. 250/- to Rs. 700/-

Hotel Rajdhani Milagres Cross Road, Hampankatta, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2426767 Fax: 0824-2423631 Tariff Range: Rs. 165/- to Rs. 645/-+Tax

Hotel Woodside K S Rao Road, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2440296
Tariff Range: Rs. 350/- to Rs. 600/-

Hotel Panchamahal No. 9-822, Kodialbail, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 003 Tel: 0824-2495574 Tariff Range: Rs. 260/- to Rs. 600/-

Hotel Aditya Boarding & Lodging Lakshmi Towers, NH 48, Uppinangadi, Dakshina Kannada - 574 241 Tel: 08251-251236 Fax: 08251-652336
Tariff Range: Rs. 120/- to Rs. 600/-

Hotel Roopa Balmatta Road, Hampankatta,
Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2421271, 72 Tariff Range: Rs. 300/- to Rs. 600/-

Sun Rock Holiday Resort Near Jamalabad Fort, Nada, Belthangady Taluk, Dakshina Kannada - 574 214 Tel: 08256-234242 Tariff Range: Rs. 500/- to Rs.600/-

Surya Hotel Greens Compound, Balmatta Road,
Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2442034, 2425736 Tariff Range: Rs. 205/- to Rs. 600/-+Tax

Adarsh Lodge Market Road, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2440878
Tariff Range: Rs. 140/- to Rs. 584/-+Tax

Hotel Suvarna Kadri, Near Petrol Pump, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada - 575 002 Tel: 0824-2215675
Tariff Range: Rs. 475/- to Rs. 550/-

Hotel Rajesh B C Road, Bantwala, Dakshina Kannada - 574 209 Tel: 08255-230932
Tariff Range: Rs. 250/- to Rs. 500/-

Hotel Panchami Lodge Opposite KSRTC Bus Stand, Bijay, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 004 Tel: 0824-2211214, 2211986 Tariff Range: Rs. 182/- to Rs. 500/-+Tax

Kattekar Lodge Near Police Station, Main Road, Sullia, Dakshina Kannada - 574 239 Tel:08257-325757, 232687 Tariff Range: Rs. 200/- to Rs. 450/-

Hotel Usha Balmatta Road, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel:0824-2423234 Tariff Range: Rs. 300/- to Rs. 450/-+Tax

Hotel Anugraha Lodge Devaragadde Road, Subramanya, Sullia, Dakshina Kannada - 574 239
Tel: 08257-281283 Tariff Range: Rs.300/- to Rs. 400/-

Vasantha Mahal K S R Road, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2441310, 17
Tariff Range: Rs. 140/- to Rs. 400/-

Hotel Intercity Intercity Centre, Opposite City Bus Stand, Near State Bank Of India, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2446301/ 03
Tariff Range: Rs. 200/- to Rs. 400/-+Tax

Hotel Blue Star Falnir Road, Opposite Motimahal,
Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2426680, 2425638 Tariff Range: Rs. 300/- to Rs. 400/-

Hotel Vijay Vihar Athawar, Opposite Income Tax Office, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2423431, 2411432, 2423433 - 35 Tariff Range: Rs. 120/- to Rs. 375/-

Hotel Naufal Mission Street, Bundar, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2421648, 2444985, 2427086, 2428085 Tariff Range: Rs. 190/- to Rs. 340/-Ganesh Mahal K S Rao Road, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2440632, 38
Tariff Range: Rs. 150/- to Rs. 300/-+Tax Keerthi Lodge Mission Street, Bundar Road, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2426381, 2425466 Tariff Range: Rs. 85/- to Rs. 215/-

Hotel Cosmo Telecom House Road, Pandeshwara,
Mangalore - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2425554 Tariff Range: Rs. 100/- to Rs. 150/-

Hotel Ganesh Prasad K S Rao Road, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2440418
Tariff Range: Rs. 120/- to Rs. 149/-

Hotel Ganesh Mahal K S Rao Road, Mangalore,
Dakshina Kannada - 575 001 Tel: 0824-2440639
Tariff Range: Rs. 135/- to Rs. 145/-

Hotel Rama J C Road, Near Market, Sullia,
Dakshina Kannada - 574 239 Tel: 08257 - 231103
Tariff Range: Rs. 100/- to Rs. 120/-

Aiswarya Lodge Near Church Road, Belthangady,
Dakshina Kannada - 574 214 Tel: 08256-232258
Tariff: Rs. 100/-

Gee Dee Resorts Mr. B Ganesh Baliga House of Gurudev, Lalbagh, Mangalore-575003
Tel: 0824-2457452, 9844169698

Summer Sands Beach Resort Chotamangalore, Ullal, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 574 159
Tel: 0824-2467690 Fax: 0824-2467693 Tariff Range: Rs. 1600/- to Rs. 4649/- Email: summer@satyam.net.in Web site: www.summer-sands.com

Hotel Maharaja International Main Road, Suratkal Post, Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada - 574 158 Tel: 0824-2475035, 2475799 Tariff Range: Rs. 350/- to Rs. 1200/- Uttara Kannada - 581 301
Tel: 08382-220831

 
 
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