Jainism in Karnataka flourished under the Ganga, the Chalukya and Rashtrakuta dynasties. Due to the impetus given by them, Jainism prospered like never before and what we see today is the exquisite creativity that flowered under these dynasties. The patrons of Jainism in Karnataka were mainly the Kadambas, the Gangas followed by the Chalukyas and then the Rashtrakutas. Today the state is home to a number of Jain monuments, such as temples, Gommata statues and stambhas. There are a number of monuments relating to the Jain religion in Karnataka. The Jain monuments include smaller shrines, Jain temples, Gommata statues and Sthambas. Moodabidri is home to the 1000 Pillar Jain temple. Shravanabelagola has the world famous monolithic statue, Gommateshwara statue. Similar Monolithic statues of Lord Bahubali can be also seen in Venur, Dharmasthala, Karkala and Mysore. North Karnataka is a major Jain belt that has numerous Jain Basadis set amidst picturesque scenery. Pillars being the main motif of Jain architecture, intricately carved stone iconography and larger than life statues make for an interesting trip though the major Jain basadis of Karnataka.
Begin your tour
Land Bangalore railway station/airport
Welcome to Vardhman's "Jainism In Karnataka"
Vardhman's representative will meet & greet you & then transfer you to your hotel. Fresh up & then proceed to visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Also see the Maharaja's Palace & Government Buildings. Overnight: Hotel
Full day excursion to Shravanbelagola.
The statue of Gomateshwara or Bahubali, at Shravanabelagola is one of the most important Jain pilgrim centers. It reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Ganges of Talakad. There is a pond and two stony hills, called Chandragiri and Indragiri. Chandragiri has the Chandragupta basadi of the Gangas and the Parashwanatha basadi here is the biggest. The town below the hill has the Jaina matha whose walls have very old paintings. Shravanabelagola has over 500 inscriptions, and some of them are recording death by starving (`sallekhana') by Jaina ascetics and laymen.
Also visit Cave of Bhadrabahu where the sacred foot of Sritakavalli is worshipped. Manasthambha Basadi, has a beautiful pillar constructed in 17th century. Overnight: Hotel
Morning after breakfast drive to Mudbidri/ Moodabidri. Enroute visit Dharmastala. The ancient temple of Lord Manjunatha, where the deity of Shiva is worshipped in the form of Manjunatha is the main highlight here. Reach Moodabidri & check- In at your hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day. Moodabidri is a quaint temple town, better known as the 'Jain Kashi'. Overnight: Hotel
Morning visit Moodabidri, it is one of the major centers of Jainism in South India and has a concentration of Jain Basadi or temples. As an ancient Jain center of learning, 18 Jain temples were built between the 14th to the 16th century. Amongst the 18 Basadi, the most famous are Ammanavara Basadi, Guru Basadi and Tribhuvan Tilak Chudamani Basadi. While the magnificent stucco images in Leppada Basadi are a must see, do not miss the Parshawanatha stone idol in the Guru Basadi. The rare Jain palm leaf manuscripts, also famous as 'Dhavala texts' are preserved in this Basadi. Tribhuvan Tilak Chudamani Basadi or the Thousand Pillar Temple is ornately carved in the Vijayanagar style and is the largest amongst all. Overnight: Hotel
This morning after breakfast transfer to Mangalore railway station/ airport to board train/flight for your onward destination with sweet & unforgettable memories of your tour escorted by Vardhman Vacations.