Sunday, September 14, 2014

Moodbidri, the Jainkashi

Moodabidri is a town-municipality just 38 kms from Mangalore. It is nestled in nature’s beauty, surrounded by lush green paddy fields and natural water ponds. 



It is regarded as sacred for Jains by virtue of its being a Jain center. As a result it is known as Jainkashi. It is a pilgrim center for the Jains not only because of several sacred Basadis, but more so because of the most sacred scriptures of Jainism, the Dhawalas found in their original form on palm leaves.



We were here in search of  "Thosand Pillar Basadi". But we were pleasantly surprised to discover many more of heritage structures. There are 18 huge Basadis or temples here of which some I have visited:
  • Guru Basadi
  • Thousand Pillar Basadi
  • Badga Basadi
  • Settara Basadi
  • Ammanavara Basadi
  • Betkeri Basadi
  • Koti Basadi
  • Vikrama Setty Basadi
  • Kallu Basadi
  • Leppada Basadi
  • Deramma Setty Basadi
  • Chola Setty Basadi
  • Mahadeva Setty Basadi
  • Bykanathikari Basadi
  • Kere Basadi
  • Padu Basadi
  • Shri Jain Math Basadi
  • Jaim Pathshala Basadi

The nearby places of interest are:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

White-throated Kingfisher at Karanji Lake, Mysore

Karanji Lake at Mysore is a beautiful lake spread over a area of 55 hectares with many trees all around even in the lake. 



It is one of the favorite haunts of many birds and we spotted one such bird the White-throated Kingfisher.