Acclaimed as the 'Jain Varanasi' of South India, the landscape of Mudabidri is dotted with 18 Jain basadis. Basadis are Jain monasteries or temples where an image of one of the twenty-four tirthankaras (saints) is installed and worshipped.
The crown jewel among the Jain Basadis is the Tribhuvana Tilaka
Choodamani Basadi, also known as the thousand pillars basadi. This 15th
century magnificent architecture, culmination of about 50 years of
painstaking craftsmanship, has one thousand exquisite carved pillars
each ornamented with different designs.
The sanctum of the Basadi contains an image of Chandranatha which is
more than seven feet in height and is made of Panchaloha (five alloys).
In addition to a valuable collection of jewel-encrusted metallic images
of Jain tirthankaras, Manasthamba, the free standing pillar is another
attraction. The Jain Mutt near the main temple entrance has a library
preserving some beautiful 12th and 13th century palm leaf manuscripts.