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Varanga is a small village located at a distance of 26 Km from Karkala in Udupi district. This village is found on the way from Karkala to Agumbe.
Varanga is a popular pilgrim center especially for Jains. This beautiful village houses most ancient and wonderful Basadis (Jain Temples).
The main attractions of Varanga are Neminatha Basadi, Chandranatha Basadi and Kere Basadi.
Neminatha Basadi: The history of Neminatha Basadi dates back to 1200 years. This basadi was constructed during the reign of Varanga Raya. The Neminatha Basadi is popularly called as Here Basadi which means Big Temple. The Basadi houses 24 Tirthanakaras in Kayotsarg posture. The main attraction of this basadi is 5 feet black statue of Lord Neminatha, the 22nd Tirthankara in Padmasana position seating on 'Kamala Peeta' (lotus seat).
Neminatha is also considered as God of the Village (Gramadevaru). Kushmandini Devi, the Yakshi dedicated to Lord Neminath also called as Ambika Devi and idol of Yakshi Padmavati Devi is also present.
A small shrine dedicated to Kshetrapala is situated outside the temple. A tall Manasthamba of 45 feet can be found outside the temple and 4 Thirthankaras are erected on the top of the pillar.
Kere Basadi: The uniqueness of Kere Basadi is that it is situated in the midst of a gentle green lake in Varanga. It seems like a lotus in a pond. This basadi is also called as Jalamandir. Tranquil lake contrasts well with the sharp quadrilateral architecture of the basadi and gentle swaying hills at the distance.
It is believed that this Basadi has the history of 850 years. The Kere Basadi is dedicated to Lord Parshwanath, the 23rd Tirthankara. The basadi is a chaturmukha which has four entrances in four directions. The Kere Basadi houses the idols of Lord Parshwanatha, Lord Shanthinatha, Lord Ananthanatha and Lord Neminatha in Kayotsarga posture facing four different directions.
The idol of Goddess Padmavathi, Yakshi of the deity is installed in front of the Parshwanatha idol.
This Basadi remains closed most of the time and devotees can request the priest of the Basadi to take them to the Basadi. The only way to reach this Basadi in Varanga is in a small wooden boat.
People believe that offering prayers and worshipping Lord Parshwanath in this Basadi brings prosperity and fulfill the wishes of the devotees.
Chandranatha Basadi: Chandranath Basadi is another important Basadi of Varanga. This basadi is also called as Matada Basadi because it houses the Jain Mutt. It is believed that this Basadi has the history of 1000 years. The main deity worshipped here is Chandraprabha, 8th Tirthankara. The uniqueness and main attraction of this Basadi is the idol of the deity is made of Chandrashila and one could see the light across the idol.
Distance from Varanga:
Bangalore: 396 Km
Mysore: 299 Km
Mangalore: 76 Km
Shimoga: 118 Km
Chikmagalur: 142 Km (via Balehonnur, Sringeri, Agumbe and Hebri)
Karkala: 26 Km
Udupi: 39 Km
Kundpura: 63 Km
Hebri: 9 Km
Agumbe: 28 Km
Sringeri: 56 Km
How to get there (Varanga):
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Udupi
Road: Varanga well connected by road network. It is located on State Highway SH-1. Direct buses are available to Varanga from Karkala.
Route map to reach Varanga:
From Bangalore: via Nelamangala - Hassan - Sakaleshpura - Bantwal - Moodbidri - Karkala
From Mysore: via Hunsur - Kushalanagar - Madikeri - Sulya - Puttur - Bantwala - Moodbidri - Karkala
From Mangalore: via Bantwal - Moodbidri - Karkala
From Udupi: via Manipal - Hiriadka - Perdoor.
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