Chaturmukha Basadi, Karkala

Chaturmukha Basadi is a symmetrical Jain temple situated in Karkala, Karnataka, India.[2] It is one of the most famous monuments in Karkala.[1][3]

Chaturmukha Basadi, Karkala
ಚತುರ್ಮುಖ ಬಸದಿ
Chaturmukha Basadi
Chaturmukha Basadi at Karkala
DeityAranath, Mallinath and Munisuvratnath
LocationKarkala, Udupi, Karnataka
Geographic coordinates13°12′00″N 74°58′59″E / 13.2°N 74.983°E / 13.2; 74.983Coordinates: 13°12′00″N 74°58′59″E / 13.2°N 74.983°E / 13.2; 74.983
Date established1432 A.D.[1]


The Chaturmukha Basadi, was built in the late 16th century[4] by Immadi Bhairarasa Vodeya of the Santara dynasty in 1586. [5]

About TempleEdit

It has four symmetrical faces and is thus called chaturmukha (four faces) basadi (a term used to refer to Jain temples in South India).[1] The temple has images of Tirthankara Aranath, Mallinath and Munisuvratnath.[2] This basadi, completely made of carved granite rocks, is known as Tribhuvana Tilaka Jina Chaityalaya or Ratnatraya dhama from inscriptions.[6]

It faces the famous Karkala Bahubali statue installed in the year 1432 by Veera Pandya of the Santara dynasty on February 13, 1432, on the instructions of the Bhattaraka of Karkala, Lalitakeerti.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Karkala Town Municipal Council, archived from the original on 4 March 2016
  2. ^ a b "Splendour in stone". The Hindu.
  3. ^ South Indian History Congress. 1986. p. 191.
  4. ^ Splendour in stone, NITYA BALAKRISHNAN AND S. RAMANATHAN, Hindu, June 24, 2007
  5. ^ Epigraphia Indica, KARKALA INSCRIPTION OF BHAIRAVA II.; SAKA.-SAMVAT 1508, H. Krishna Sastri Volume 8, 1906, pp. 124
  6. ^ "Chaturmukha Basadis of Karkala". Trayaan. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2016.

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