Varanga is a small village located at a distance of 22 km from Karkala in Udupi district. It is a beautiful place with greenery around it. It is a famous pilgrim center as it has most ancient Jain temples called ‘Basadis’. Neminatha Basadi, Chandranatha Basadi, and Kere Basadi are the main attractions of Varanga.
Neminatha Basadi was constructed in 1329 during the reign of Varanga Raya. The Basadi has 24 Tirthankaras in Kayotsarg posture. The deity of this temple is Mulanayak Bhagavan Neminath and is also considered God of the village. There are 54 feet Manasthambha carved out of the single rock, installed in front of the Basadi. The Basadi is popularly called as Here Basadi(Big temple).
Kere Basadi is situated in the midst of a lake in Varanga and has a history of 850 years. It is also called Jalamandir and seems like a lotus in a pond. The Basadi is Chaturmukha which has entrances in all four directions and has idols of Lord Parshwanatha, Lord Shanthinatha, Lord Ananthanatha and Lord Neminatha in katyoga posture facing four different directions. The only way to reach this Basadi is in a small wooden boat.
Chandranatha Basadi has a history of 1000 years. It is also called as Matada Basadi as it houses Varanga Jain Mutt. The deity worshipped here is Chandraprabha, 8th Thirthankara and the idol of the deity is made of Chandrashila and you can see light across the idol.
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