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Venur or Venoor is a small village situated on he banks of the River Gurupur in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada district. Venur was once the seat of Jainism and the capital.
Venur is located on the Dharmasthala - Moodabidri route on the costal religious circuit in the Karnataka. The main attraction of Venur is the monolith of Bhagawan Bahubali also known as Lord Gomateshwara.
The single rock statue of Bhagawan Bahubali is about 38 feets in height and was erected by the Jain ruler Timmanna Ajila in the year 1604. The statue is supposed to have been sculptured by Amarashilpi Jakanachari. The statue of Bhagawan Bahubali stands facing westward on a high platform on the banks of the river Phalguni. This statue of Bahubali is one of the four giant monoliths found in Karnataka (the others being at Shravanabelagola, Karkala and Dharmasthala).
Venur was once a great seat of Jainism. Venur was the capital of the Ajila Dynasty. Venur colossus is the shortest of all the three Gommateshwara's within the radius of 250 km around it. It also stands in an enclosure, on the same pattern as that of Shravanbelgola. The Kings of Ajila Dynasty ruled here from 1154 A.D. to 1786 A.D.
Maha Masthakabhisheka for Bhagawan Bahubali is held here once in every twelve years. The last Maha Mastakabhisheka or the head Anointing ceremony of the statue was held in the year 2000. Venur also has a few other Jain Basadis and a Mahadeva temple.
Distance from Venur
Dharmasthala: 35 km
Moodbidri: 20 km
Mangalore: 55 km
Karkala: 35 km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railhead: Mangalore
Road: Venur is well connected by road from Mangalore, Udupi and Belthangadi. Busses & Taxies are available.
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