20 Most Famous Jain Temples in India

India is truly a hub of diversity that boasts a rich heritage and spirituality. Jainism is one of the oldest religions that have found its roots in this diverse land. As a result, many Jain temples are built in different parts of the country. However, these temples are much more than just places of worship. They boast an architecture that is simply unparalleled. The remarkable pillars, intricate designs and the carved ceilings exude irresistible charm and reflect the grandeur of the ancient period.

Here is a list of 20 Most Famous Jain Temples in India that you must visit to soak up the spiritual bliss.

1. Ranakpur Jain Temple, Ranakpur (Rajasthan)

The 15th century Ranakpur Temple is a major pilgrimage site for the Jain community and is often regarded as an architectural icon worldwide. It is set in the Ranakpur village, 95 kilometres north of Udaipur. The temple is built by a reputed businessman of that time, Dharna Shah with the help of the Mewar ruler. The complex comprises of a number of temples namely the Chatutmukha Temple, Parsavanth Temple, Surya Temple and the Amba Temple. The most significant amongst all of them is the four-faced Chaturmukha Temple dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankara.

Ranakpur Jain Temple

Ranakpur Jain Temple never fails to dazzle visitors with its grandeur. The entire structure is constructed with light coloured marble with turrets and cupolas majestically rising out of the jagged hilly terrain. Thousands of beautifully carved pillars support this heritage landmark and each one of them is designed uniquely. In every nook and cranny, finely engraved Jain scriptures can be found.  The historic Ranakpur Temple was among the best 77 wonders while deciding the ‘7 Wonders of the World'. Indeed, the temple is truly a jewel that lights up the royal state of Rajasthan.

Pillars Inside Ranakpur Jain Temple

Address: Ranakpur Road, Sadri, Rajasthan 306702

Timings: 5:30 AM to 11:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: October to February

Also Read : Top 10 Temples in Rajasthan you Must Visit

Suggested Tour : 15 Days - Historical Rajasthan With Agra Tour

2. Gomateshwara Temple, Vindhyagiri Hill (Karnataka)

Gomateshwara Temple commonly known as the Bahubali Temple is set in the small town of Shravanabelagola in Karnataka. Apart from being a religious landmark, it is also a renowned heritage site. The 57 feet mammoth statue of Bahubali stands erected on Vindhyagiri Hill. This historic Jain figure is regarded as one of the largest monolithic statues worldwide. Right at the bottom of the Bahubali statue, there are inscriptions in Prakrit that praises the King who funded for this site.

Gomateshwara Temple, Shravanabelagola Karnataka

On both the sides of the statue, there are two standing figures of Yaksha and Yakshi (Chauri bearers). The Bahubali figure is enclosed by a massive pillared structure with 43 carved images of the Tirthankaras, who preaches the teachings of God and considered sacred by the followers of Jainism. The large temple is bordered by a wall that is adorned with carved figures of animals and females. The auspicious occasion of Mahamastakabhisheka draws pilgrims from around the world. This festival takes place once in 12 years when the Bahubali sculpture is bathed with milk, sugarcane juice, saffron and ghee. In the year 2007, the statue was also ranked as one of India’s Seven Wonders.

Mahamastakabhisheka Festival, Shravanbelagola
Mahamastakabhisheka Festival

Address: Vindhyagiri Hill, Karnataka

Timings: 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost, you can hire a guide for around INR 200

Best Time To Visit: October to February

Also Read : 15 Top Places To Visit In Karnataka

Suggested Tour : 6 Days - Mysore Ooty Kodaikanal Karnataka Tour

3. Dilwara Temple, Mount Abu (Rajasthan)

Located at a distance of 2.5 kilometres from Mount Abu, Dilwara Temple is one of the exquisite Jain religious structures known for its impeccable architecture. The temple was built between 11th and 13th century by Vimal Shah and was beautifully designed by the Dhokla Jain Ministers. Although there are a number of Jain temples all over Rajasthan, culture hounds consider Dilwara Temple as one of the finest examples of architectural splendour.

Dilwara Temple. Mount Abu

The beautiful temple majestically rises out of the pancake-flat land and sparkles in the sunlight. Devotees coming here do not only experience a strong connection with divinity but also enjoys the tranquillity of the surrounding. The large complex is divided into five different sections dedicated to the Tirthankaras. The temple of Lord Adinath is the oldest amongst all. The entire complex showcases fine workmanship and intricate designs. The splendid carvings of lotus buds, flowers and petals adorned on the marble pillars and ceiling looks distinctive and adds to the beauty. Dilwara Temple also provides bathing facilities to the pilgrims which are mandatory before the puja.

Inside Dilwara Temple, Mount Abu

Address: Delwara, Mount Abu, Rajasthan - 307501

Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Jain Pilgrims), 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Non-Jains)

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: November to February

Also Read : Top Tourist Places in Mount Abu

Suggested Tour : 16 Days - Rajasthan with Mumbai From Delhi

4. Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Chandni Chowk (Delhi)

Sri Digambar Jain Lal Temple is the oldest Jain religious structure located in Chandni Chowk near Red Fort. This temple is best known for a veterinary hospital, commonly known as the Jain Birds Hospital situated behind the main temple complex. It is believed that the temple was constructed during the Mughal era when a Jain officer worshipped a Tirthankara statue in his tent. This attracted other Jain army officials and finally, a temple was built at the site in 1656.

Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Delhi

In the later years, the temple underwent several modifications and now it is commonly known as the Lal Mandir. The temple is dedicated to Parshvanatha, the 23rd Jain Tirthankara and houses a gigantic statue. There are figures of several other deities who are considered sacred by the followers of Jainism. The main devotional area is located on the first floor where devotees are often seen praying or spending moments of calmness. The mesmerizing architecture, extraordinary carving as well as the colourful frescoes make Sri Digambar Temple one of the legendary heritage sites in Delhi. No wonder, you will be hard-pressed to find such remarkable places anywhere in the country.

Inside Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir

Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi - 110006

Timings: 5:30 AM to 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: October and November, February and March

Also Read : Top Historical Monuments In Delhi

Suggested Tour : 4 Days - Delhi Agra Private Tour

5. Palitana Temples, Bhavnagar District (Gujarat)

Perched on the Shatrunjaya Hill in the city of Palitana, these Jain temples are considered holiest along with Shikharji in Jharkhand. Originally the construction of the Palitana temples started in the 11th century during the reign of King Kumarapala and it took 900 years to complete. It was destroyed by the Muslim invaders between the 14th and 15th century. As Jain pilgrimage is mostly taken on foot, the temple was constructed in clusters to minimize the distance to a bare minimum.

The complex is vast and comprises of 863 Palitana Jain Temples entirely made up of marbles. The main temple is set at an elevation and can be reached after climbing 3500 stairs. It is dedicated to Adinath, the first Tirthankara of Jainism. The main shrine is made from marbles and adorned in gold and precious stones. The sculptural splendour makes it one of the most exquisite in the country. Other noteworthy religious landmarks include the Vimal Shah, Kesharji and the Samavasaran Temple. The followers of Jainism visiting the Palitana Temple believe that it offers a lifetime opportunity to achieve nirvana. During the monsoon months, the temple remains closed.

Palitana Temple, Bhavnagar Gujarat

Address: Palitana, Bhavnagar District, Gujarat

Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: October to February

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6. Sonagiri Temples, Datia (Madhya Pradesh)

Sonagiri is a major pilgrimage site for the Digambar Jain community. This region holds a lot of religious significance because it is where Nanganag Kumar attained salvation along with 15 million devotees. Sprawling over 132 acres, this sacred place is known as the Laghu Sammed Shikhar. This region is dotted with several ancient Jain temples dating back to the 9th century. 77 of the total temples are perched on the hill and the rest is set in the village.

The 57th Jain temple located on the hill is the main temple of Sonagiri. It is frequented by ascetic saints and devotees who practice self-discipline to achieve liberation from the cycle of life and death. This place of worship is an epitome of architectural glory. The artistic spires and the intricate carvings add to the striking grandeur. This temple contains the 11 feet tall deity of the 8th Tirthankara, Chandraprabha doing meditation. Two other idols of Lord Parshvanatha and Lord Sheetalnath are also installed.

Sonagiri Temples, Madhya Pradesh

Address: Datia, Madhya Pradesh

Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: October to March

Also Read : Top 10 Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

7. Kulpakji Temple, Kolanupaka (Telangana)

Nestled in the Kolanupaka village of Telangana, Kulpakji Temple is one of the renowned Jain pilgrimage sites dating back to the 10th century. This region was a popular Jain centre under the patronage of the Kakatiya Dynasty. This monument has a lot of significance, particularly to the Shwetambar community. Kulpakji Temple has undergone a major renovation and the work is done by 150 artisans belonging to the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The ancient garbhagrah is still the same but a complete new temple is designed that encloses the tower.

Kulpakji Jain Temple, Hyderabad

This temple is dedicated to Lord Adinath, the first Tirthankara of Jainism. Devotees believe that the Lord has chosen this region to be his humble abode.  On both the sides of the temples, there are eight idols of the other Tirthankaras. The main sculpture of Lord Mahaveer is huge and is entirely made of jade, a precious stone. There are old inscriptions found in the temple which is around 2000 years old. Kulpakji Temple indeed represents the glory and grandeur of the bygone era.

Address: Kolanupaka, Telangana – 508101

Timings: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: October to March

Also Read : 10 Most Famous Buddhist Temples In India

8. Dharmanath Temple, Kochi (Kerala)

Located in the town of Mattancherry, Kerala, Dharmanath Temple is known for its religious significance across the globe. Built in the year 1904, this religious heritage is more than 100 years old and has been named after the 15th Tirthankara, Dharmanath.  This sacred landmark is particularly important for the Jain community who migrated to this region from Gujarat and Rajasthan.

The temple has a close resemblance to the Dilwara Temples in Mount Abu. The century-old structure with timeless architecture never fails to lure visitors. Snuggled amid the thick coconut groves and verdant hues, Dharmanath Temple offers the perfect setting to attain inner peace or salvation. The elegant interiors adorned with intricate designs and sculptures are a feast to the sore eyes. Other Jain religious sites are artistically etched in the walls and pillars of this temple. Apart from the main shrine of Lord Dharmanath, idols of different gods and Tirthankaras can also be seen here.

Dharmanath Temple, Kerala

Address: Mattancherry, Kochi, Kerala 682002

Timings: 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: October to April

Also Read : Most Famous Temples of Kerala

Suggested Tour : 10 Days - Best of Kerala Tour

9. Shikharji Temple, Parasnath Hill (Jharkhand)

Regarded as the holiest of all the Jain religious sites, Shikharji Temple is the place where 20 Tirthankaras attained salvation. It is set atop Parasnath Hills in Jharkhand. The hills are named after Parshvanatha, the 23rd Tirthankara who attained nirvana at this sacred site. The temple is flocked by pilgrims from different parts of the globe. Shikarji Temple is commonly known as the ‘zenith of concentration’. This region is not only a major pilgrimage destination, but tourists also visit the hills and engage in different adventure activities.

In order to reach Shikarji Temple, the visitors have to start from the small town of Madhuvan. The journey is uphill and takes around 3 hours to reach the top. On the way, there are a number of beautiful Jain temples that overloads the senses. Shikarji Temple was built in the 18th century and is known for historical as well as architectural significance. Impressive murals adorn the temple walls and right at the bottom of the main idol, ancient Sanskrit inscriptions dating back to 1678 can also be seen. Everything here deserves applause from the visitors.

Address: Parasnath Hill, Jharkhand 825329

Timings: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: December to February

Also Read : India’s Top 5 Hindu Temples

10. Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir , Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)

The historic Hanumantal Jain Temple is located on Hanuman Taal, one of the main centres of Jabalpur in the ancient past. Originally built in the year 1686, the temple underwent renovations in the 19th century. This religious structure gained widespread importance after Acharya Shantisagar (first Digambar) visited the temple in the year 1928.

Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir, Jabalpur

Hanumantal Temple houses a remarkable idol of Lord Adinath and several other sculptures belonging to the Kalachuri period. There are also images belonging to the Mughal, Maratha and the British era. With 22 shrines of various deities, it is reputed as the largest Jain temple in the country. The grand structure looks more like a fortress that has survived the test of time. The picturesque sight of Hanumantal Temple standing tall against the water body enthrals visitors with its charm. The main room is decorated with glasswork and contain the idol of Padmavati, the much revered Jain Goddess. No doubt, this temple holds a special place in the hearts of Jabalpurians.

Inside Hanumantal Bada Jain Mandir, Jabalpur

Address: Hanumantal Road, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh - 482002

Timings: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry Fees: INR 10 (foreign tourist)

Best Time To Visit: September to March

Also Read : Top Seven Attractions In Madhya Pradesh

11. Parshvanatha Temple, Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)

The 10th-century Parshvanatha Temple is located at Khajuraho in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. During the Chandela period, the main shrine here was Lord Adinath, but today it is dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha. This temple was built by a renowned Jain family around 970 CE during the patronage of King Dhanga. This temple is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with several other Khajuraho monuments.

The Parshvanatha Temple is regarded as the largest among all other Jain monuments at Khajuraho. The outer wall is engraved with breathtaking sculptures featuring apsaras, celestial beings, musicians as well as different Hindu deities. The beauty of this temple is unmatched and there are no erotic statues engraved here. The idol of Parshvanatha is enshrined in the inner sanctum and at the back; the statue of Adinath is installed. The ceiling is also beautifully decorated with unique patterns and flying vidyadharas (supernatural beings blessed with magical powers). The Archaeological Survey of India has listed the temple as a ‘Monument of National Importance’.

Parshvanatha Temple, Khajuraho

Address: Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh - 471606

Timings: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: October to February

Also Read : Top 10 Temples in Khajuraho

Suggested Tour : 10 Days - Delhi Agra Jaipur with Khajuraho Varanasi

12. Saavira Kambada Basadi, Moodabidri (Karnataka)

Saavira Kambada Temple, also called the ‘Chandranatha Temple’ is built in honour of the 8th Tirthankara named Chandraprabha. This temple is situated in the town of Moodabidri and known for its 1000 pillars. Moodabidri boasts a total of 18 Jain temples but Saavira Kambada is the finest amongst them all. It was constructed in the year 1430 by Devaraya Wodeyar (local chieftain) and features a monolithic pillar with 50 feet height. It took over 30 years, to complete the construction and new additions were made in 1962.

The grand Kambada Temple flaunts 7 pavilions that are entirely supported by exquisite granite pillars designed in the Vijayanagara style. Each of the pillars is unique and no two pillars look the same. These pillars will give you a glimpse of a fascinating past that is lost in time. There are stone made chandeliers that form a part of this architectural marvel and never fails to blow the common man’s mind. There is divine connectivity that can be felt here that lets visitors drift in oblivion.

Saavira Kambada Basadi, Karnataka

Address: Moodabidri, Karnataka 574227

Timings: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: December

Suggested Tour : 16 Days - Karnataka Tour

Also Read: 30 Famous Temples in India You Must Visit

13. Badami Cave Temples, Badami (Karnataka)

Set in the town of the same name, the cave temples of Badami are the epitome of traditional Indian rock-cut structures dating back to the 6th century. The complex comprises of four cave temples which were built during the rule of Pulakesin I but most of the expansion took place during the Chalukya period. Originally Badami Temple was called Vataapi Badami, the capital of the Chalukyas and was considered the centrepiece of temple architecture.

Badami Cave Temple, Karnataka

These temples depict the Chalukya style of architecture, an eclectic mix of North and South Indian styles. There are a total of 4 cave temples that are carved out of sandstone on this hilly terrain. The first cave is dedicated to Hindu divinity and features Lord Shiva in the form of Nataraja.

Badami Cave Temple 1
Badami Cave Temple 1

The second cave honours Lord Vishnu in his fifth avatar of Vamana.

Badami Cave Temple 2
Badami Cave Temple 2

The third cave is 100 feet deep and considered the largest amongst all the four. This cave is covered with remarkable paintings and enchanting adornments. It is also dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Badami Cave Temple 3
Badami Cave Temple 3

The newest addition is the fourth cave that was built during the later parts of the 6h century. It contains the sculpture of Parshavanatha, the fifth Tirthankara. A sculpture of Lord Mahaveera can also be found here. A few other caves were discovered in the year 2015 that contains 27 Hindu figures. The Badami Cave Temples is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Badami Cave Temple 4
Badami Cave Temple 4

Address: Badami, Karnataka - 587201

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Entry Fees: INR 10 (Indian Tourists), INR 100 (Foreign Tourists)

Best Time To Visit: July to March

Also Read : 20 Most Famous Caves In India

Suggested Tour : 15 Days - Karnataka Goa Mumbai Tour

14. Ellora Jain Caves, Ellora (Maharashtra)

Away from the tourist bustle, lie the remarkable Jain caves of Ellora adorned with detailed carvings and paintings. The caves are carefully crafted to perfection around 9th century celebrates the last phase of religious and spiritual activities taking place at Ellora. The cluster of five caves is numbered between 30 and 34 and is set at a distance of 1 kilometre from Cave 29, the last Hindu temple.

Ellora Caves, Mumbai

Cave 30, often referred to as Chota Kailasa is an imitation of the iconic Kailasa Temple. This cave is located at a few yards away from the other Jain caves.

Ellora Caves 30
Ellora Cave 30

Cave 31 is a four-pillared structure where an idol of Mahavira is enshrined. The carvings of Parshvanatha guarded by yaksha and the figure of Bahubali can be seen on both sides of the walls.

Ellora Caves 31
Ellora Caves 31

Cave 32 and 33 are two-storeyed caves, resembling the Indra Sabha and the Jagannatha Sabha. Both of these structures are carved with well-preserved idols dating back to the 9th century.

Ellora Caves 32
Ellora Caves 32

Cave 34 contains a large carving of Parshvanatha accompanied by Gommateshvara. All these caves form a part of the UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.

Address: Ellora, Maharashtra 431102

Timings: Open 24 hours

Entry Fees: INR 40 (Indian tourists), INR 600 (Foreign tourists)

Best Time To Visit: October to March

Also Read : Ajanta & Ellora Caves Information

Suggested Tour : 6 Days - Ajanta and Ellora Caves Tours

15. Parshvanatha Jain Temple, Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

The Jain temple of Parshvanatha is tucked in the town of Bhelpur in Uttar Pradesh. The gorgeous temple is dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara of the same name. It is believed that Parshvanatha was born here around 800 BC. Parshvanatha Temple is one of the greatest pilgrimage centres of Jainism and is based on the ideologies of both Digambara and Shwetambara sects.

The temple has a very peaceful environment and invites people from all walks of life. It is filled with stunning sculptures including the main idol of Parshvanatha. The black coloured deity with a height of 2.5 feet stands erected in the majestic temple. With the co-existence of two sects, this sacred landmark is one of the finest examples of religious harmony that evokes euphoria. Besides the splendid architecture, visitors can witness the Jain rituals or take non-violence lessons from spiritual teachers at the temple.

Address: Bhelpur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - 221010

Timings: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: November to February

Also Read : Top 11 Things to Experience in Varanasi

Suggested Tour : 3 Days - Varanasi Tour including Sarnath

16. Navagraha Jain Temple, Varur (Karnataka)

Located in Varur near Hubli, Navagraha Jain Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage spots for the followers of Jainism in India. The construction of this religious site began in the year 2005 under the supervision of Sri Gunadhar Maharaj.

A 61 feet tall monolithic statue of Parshvanatha is enshrined in the temple and is regarded as the second tallest statue of the Jain community after Bawangaja. It weighs 185 tons and stands on a 48 feet high platform. Besides the large statue of Parshvanatha, the temple also houses smaller statues of 8 other Tirthankaras. Navagraha Mandir draws hordes of tourists and pilgrims throughout the year.

Address: Varur, Karnataka - 577436

Timings: 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: November and December

Suggested Tour : 3 Days - Karnataka Tour - Bangalore Hasan

17. Bawangaja, (Barwani District) Madhya Pradesh

Bawangaja is considered a sacred destination for the Jain community in India. It is a huge complex and comprises of 8 impressive Jain temples built around 12th-century. The site houses an 84 feet megalithic statue of the first Tirthankara, Adinath that emerges out of the jagged terrain at the base of the Satpura Range. It is also reputed as the tallest Jain statue in India.

The huge statue is carved out of brownstone standing in a yogic posture. The structural style of this sculpture is truly unmatched and resembles the idol of Lord Bahubali in Shravanbelagola. The statue of Adinath reflects all kinds of emotions on its face. This statue is an exemplary masterpiece and showcases the fine artistry of the ancient past. The statues of Yaksha Gomukha and Yakshi Chakreshwary can be seen on both the sides of the main idol. Devotees come here to pay homage to the lord and seek his blessings.

Bawangaja Temple
Adinath Statue at Bawangaja

Address: Bawangaja, Barwani District, Madhya Pradesh - 451551

Timings: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: October to April

18. Girnar Jain Temples, Junagadh (Gujarat)

A cluster of Jain temples is perched on Mount Girnar in the state of Gujarat. These temples are considered holy by the Digambara and Shwetambara Jain communities. Mount Girnar is known for its spiritual significance. The 22nd Tirthankara, Lord Neminath attained Moksha and died at this holy spot. The shrine of Neminath was built around 1129 by the Governor of Saurashtra but the region was considered sacred even before 250 BC.

Around 16 temples are scattered at the site and the Neminath Temple is the most important amongst all. The grand complex is carved out of marble and houses several statues of Jain Tirthankaras. In order to reach the top of the temple complex, one has to climb around 10,000 steps. From the foot of the mountain, ‘palkhis’ are also available and devotees can opt for one if they find it difficult to climb. Meditating amid this heavenly environment brings peace of mind and soul.

Girnar Jain Temples, Gujarat

Address: Girnar Hills, Junagadh, Gujarat

Timings: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: October to March

19. Sri Humcha Temple, Shimoga (Karnataka)

Sri Humcha Temple is regarded as the resting abode of Devi Padmavati with a history dating back to the 7th century. It is one of the most popular Jain heritage centres and houses the holiest shrine of the goddess in the world. The temple was built by Shri Jindatt, the founder of the Santhara Dynasty.

The temple is built in the Chalukyan architectural style and boasts an open Mukhamantapa. It is believed when a devotee seeks blessing, flowers drop from the right side of the idol. The huge complex houses other important temples namely Shri Marthanda Basadi, Shri Bogara Basadi and the Parshvanatha Temple. This region is also known for a lake that never dries up and the evergreen Lakki Tree that is over 1300 years old.

Address: Humcha, Karnataka - 577436

Timings: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Bet Time To Visit: October to March

Also Read : Top Places for a Temples Experience in South India

Suggested Tour : 12 Days - South India Temple Tour

20. Chaturmukha Basadi, Karkala (Karnataka)

Chaturmukha is one of the most popular Jain monuments in Karkala constructed under the patronage of Immadi Vodeya of the Santara Dynasty. It was built in the late 16th-century and contains images of Aranath, Mallinath and Munisuvratnath (Jain Tirthankaras). Today, the Chaturmukhi Basadi is preserved under the ‘Archaeological Survey of India’.

Chaturmukha Basadi, Karnataka

The Basadi is entirely made from granite cuts and features over 100 pillars that support the ceiling. It is elegantly crafted with four symmetrical faces, hence the name ‘Chaturmukha’. The temple is open on all sides that add to the uniqueness of the structure. Chaturmukha Basadi faces the great Bahubali statue of Karkala. Besides devotees, tourists from all over the country visit Karkala to get a glimpse of this sacred landmark.

Bahubali Statue of Chaturmukha Basadi

Address: Dhana Shala Road, Karkala, Karnataka - 574104

Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry Fees: Free of cost

Best Time To Visit: October to March

Suggested Tour : 10 Days - South India Temple Tour from Mumbai

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