Saavira Kambada Temple otherwise known as Tribhuvana Tilaka Cudamani is a renowned Jain temple in Moodabidri. This temple is also called as “Chandranatha Temple” as it was constructed in honour of Chandraprabha tirthankara and his eight foot idol is worshipped in the temple. Moodabidri town is also quite famous for its eighteen Jain temples and the finest of all being Saavira Kambada Temple.
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Thousand Pillars Temple is intricately carved and has a Nepalese style of architecture. No two pillars in the temple are alike. The Basadi (temple) is a treasure house of art and architecture. Nowhere else in Karnataka can a Basadi of so much grandeur and magnificence be found. Savirakambada Basadi (Thousand Pillars Temple) was built in 1430 AD. It was built during the Vijayanagara period, so it carries some elements of Vijayanagara architecture. The history of the temple is carved on the walls and pillars of the Temple. All the 18 Jain temples were constructed between the 14th and 16th centuries. The 2.5 meters tall bronze image of Lord Chandranatha Swami in the sanctum of Savirakambada Basadi (Thousand Pillars Temple) is said to be very sacred. At the entrance is a huge monolithic pillar called Maanasthamba. The Thousand Pillars Temple is a treasure house of art and architecture. This temple has a magnificent open-pillared hall and the pillars and walls have beautiful carvings. Each pillar carries a different carving. Strangely, there are even figures of giraffes and dragons, perhaps the influence of ties with Africa and China. Mahadwar, Bhairadevi, Chitradevi, Namaskaara, Teerthankara and Garbhagruha are the popular Mantapas (pillared outdoor hall or pavilion) here. The Supaarshwa and Chandraprabha Theerthankara idols are worth visiting. Navanaari Kuinjara, a sculpture that appears like an elephant but is actually nine dancers, is by far the most famous artwork in this Basadi.
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