Moodabidri | Moodbidri City near Mangalore | Jain Kashi | Pilgrim Centre | Basadi


Moodabidri City
Other name for Moodabidri is Jain Kashi or Mecca of the Jains.  In a limited area, there are 30 colleges including 3 engineering colleges and a medical college. It is not only Mecca for Jains but also a Mecca for education.  It is one of the fast growing cities in Dakshina Kannada district. The road distance between Mangalore and Moodabidri is 32km and takes just 45 minutes to travel by car or bus. It is the sub-urban city near Mangalore.  Moodabidri attracts lot of visitors as a pilgrim centre for Jains.  Due to the establishment of many educational institutions, foreign and Indian students study in the small town.  More than 25,000 students are residing in the town to build up their future. 

Moodabidri zone consists of Paladka, Beluvai, Puttige, Kallamundkur, Hosabettu, Shirthady, Nellikaru, Daregudde, padumarnadu and thenkamiujar town panchayat area limits.  Puttige and shirathady come under the district panchayath area limits. Town municipal council exists at Moodabidri. Moodabidri city development authority has been formed.  The authority has provided a model solid waste management unit at Karinje.  One and half decade back Alva’s education foundation was established; right from the primary stages of engineering to medical and paramedical education institutions.  These institutions have directed Moodabidri towards growth and development.  Commercial complexes, banks, hotels etc have accelerated the growth of business.  Businessmen have interested a lot by seeing the pace of growth.  All this has resulted in hike of land value.  More than 60 multi-storeyed complexes and layouts have been constructed.  Layouts, lodges have expanded to near by places of Beluvais, Puthige and Hosabettu areas.

Major pilgrim center: Thousand pillared basadi has attracted Indian and foreign visitors because of its structural beauty.  15 basadis, 18 water ponds and 18 temples along with Gurubasadi is the spciality of the place. Anjaneya temple, Gowri temple, Venkatramana temple, Gurumutt, Kalikamba temple, Alangar Aiya Jagadguru Mutt, Alangar Mahalingeshwar temple, Kodyadka Annapurneshwari temple, Kotebagilu Veera Maruthi temple, Puthige Mahatobhara Somantheshwara temple, Daregudde Shambulingeshwara temple, Marigudi temple at Moodabidiri, garodies worshipped by billavas, major place of offering prayers by muslims – Juma Mmasjid and one of the major church for chistians - Corpus Christi Church are centres of religious importance. 

Education Centres: Alva’s Education Foundation, Alva’s Engineering college, Alva’s Ayurvedic medical  College, M V Shetty Technical Education Institute, Mangalore Institute of Technology and Engineering (MITE), Mahaveer College, Jain Pre-University College, Dhaval College, MNM Polytechnic, A G Soans ITI, SKF ITI,  Jain Education Institute, Excellent Pre-University College, Holy Rosary Pre-University College, Rotary, St. Thomas at Alangar , Mohammadiya, Little Star, M K Shetty, Al-Furkhan English Medium Schools. All these institutes have contributed to the educational fields at Moodabdiri.

Banks: SBI, SBM, Canara, Corporation, Syndicate, Bharath, Vijaya, IOB, Karnataka Bank, Bank of India, ICICI, HDFC, Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda are some of the major banks and their annual business transaction is growth crores of rupees. UAE exchange is working in the city.  Moodabidri Co-operative Bank is having making business worth 360 crores annually transaction in the Marpady Town and Moodabdiri area limits.  It has made a profit worth 3 crores in the Co-operative area sector.  It is performing well amidst competitions from the nationalized banks.  It has a three storeyed building whereas the nationalized banks do not have one.  25% Dividend, felicitation to farmers, student scholarship and helping disabled have shown the co-operative banks social awareness.  Catholic Co-operative Bank, Ramakrishna Credit Co-operative Society, Mangala Credit Co-operative Society, Teachers Co-operative Bank, Vande Mataram, Souharda Sahakari Nigam, Bharath Souharda Sahakari Nigam, Vijaya Co-operative Bank are performing well in the banking sector.

Well established business: SKF Industrial Corporation that produces paddy boiling and drying machinery, Dhanalaxmi Cashew Export and many other cashew nut businesses. Abbas Design Doors well-known for artistically designed doors.  Sugama Tourist in the transportation , Pprakash Oil Mills, Balaji Refineries.  Alvas pharmacy in Ayurvedic field, bharath Parmacy etc. have made Moodabidri a famous city.

Hospitals: Government Hospital, Alva’s Hospital, Alva’s Ayurvedic hospital, G V Pai Hospital, Prabhu Hospital, Tuberculosis Hospital, Durga Maternity hospital, Janatha clinic, Mount Rosary hospital, beedi workers hospital are providing medical services to the people.
Moodbidri
Moodbidri

Important telephone numbers:
Municipal council:       08258- 236236
Police station               08258- 236333
Fire service                  08258- 237021
Ambulance                  08258- 238104
Government hospital   08258- 236536
Tahsildar office           08258- 238104
Forest department       08258- 237585

The private investments are responsible for the growth of the city.  Government has not done much to develop the city.  If the infrastructural development by the government matched the growth and development it would have become a model city.

Top Politicians:   Mr. M Veerappa Moily who was the MLA currently the central minister for petroleum was born and brought up and educated at Marpady.  Mr. K Abhayachandra Jain who is currently the state minister for Fisheries and youth welfare was elected 4 times as MLA from this place.  The decent politician Mr K Amarnath Shetty was elected MLA.  He is a well known personality in Dakshina Kannada.  He has contributed much in the education field and an active person in social service even today.  Former MLA S D Dharma was one of the top persons because of whom Moodabidri taluk formation was possible.  He constructed schools and bridges in the rural area and is known for his good work.

Architect of modern Moodabidri:  Dr. M Mohan Alva, the reformer of Alva’s education foundation, is the architect of modern Moodabidri.  He was responsible for the new mode of development in the city. The support is not only for education but has been extended further to art and culture. The Alva’s Nudisiri, Alva’s Virasat, Alva’s Job Fair etc. have exposed the city to the modern world.

Attractions and Places to Visit

Thousand Pillared Basadi (Jain Temple):

Thousand Pillared Basadi and the other Basadis that are seen in Moodbidri, were not erected by any of the rulers. A Jain by name Charukirti Battaraka was behind the construct of the Jain temple at Moodbidri. People in the area helped him. Vijayanagara kings were requested to provide land for the construction. The rulers were very generous. They always provided the much needed help to the people if it were for the religious purposes. In the year 1430 A.D, the rich merchants and Chowta Kings at Moodabidri, contributed to the construction. Charukirti Battaraka completed the construction and soon it became famous and was called Jain Kashi. It is well known for its magnificent art work and thousand pillars.     

Kadalakere Nisargadhama (resort): It is located in the nearby place Ontikatte brave queen abbakka cultural village.  Every year Koti-Chennayya Kambala (buffalo race) takes place. Kadalakere lake has been developed between the month of July and October 2012.  There is a small island amidst the lake and boating is available.

Mijar Shobhavan: The Mijar Shobhavan is a Precious herbal garden and a major centre of attraction.  It is famous for its Ayurvedic medicinal herbal plants.  That are connected with nine planets in Indian astrology (Navagraha). Treatment centers at the place provides both Ayurvedic and nature therapy. 

Private Park for Butterflies at Belvai: Just 8km from the Jain town there is a beautiful park dedicated for the colorful butterflies. Sammilan Shetty aged 27 years who is residing at Shanthadi House has developed the private park. Kanthavara forest which lies between Moodabidri and Karkala is home to butterflies of more than a hundred species. Flowers and plants that support the thriving population of shutterbugs and butterflies are grown in this area which is spread across nearly seven and half acres. Sammilan's collection of rare butterflies has attracted the attention of the natives as well as people from across the state. Recent counting showed that there were 118 species. The Paris Peacock(Papilio Paris), Great Evening Brown (Melanitis Leda), Malabar Banded Peacock(Papilio Buddha), Western Centaur Oakblue (Arhopala Pseudocentaurus), Southern Birdwing (Troides Minos), Tamil Lacewing(Cethosia Nietneri), Autumn Leaf (Doleschallia Bisaltide), Clipper (Parthenos Sylvia), Red Spot Duke (Dophla Evelina), Large Oakblue (Arhopala Amantes), Tamil Oakblue (Arhopala Bazaloides), Tawny Rajah (Charaxes Bernardus), Banded Royal (Rachana Jalindra) etc. are some of the well known in the species collection.

Chowta’s Palace:  In the ancient times chowta kings ruled Moodabidri.  They were petty rulers who ruled under the Vijayanagar kings.  Palace was rare wooden sculpture andwas built using clay soil.  Chowta rulers reigned from the same palace and they had systematic administration facilities.  Currently it is maintained by the Archeological department. 

Soans Farm: It is located amidst the Moodabidri-Karkala national highway at a place near Bannadka.  It is famous for Pineapple agriculture.  It is also an agri-research centre.

Samaj Mandir: Samaj Mandir supports many social institutions and associations.  It provides space free to celebrate the Dasara cultural and literature festival since 60 years.

Konaje Kallu: Hikers like the Konaje Kallu rock which lies in between Moodabidri shirthady road.  There are 2 rocks but while seen from far it seems to be having only one rock.  There is a Siddashram at Konaje Kallu. Crossing the hills and forest area for 2 km leads to Konaje. 

Swaraj Maidan: It is about 27 acres and the biggest maidan in the district.  It has been developed during 71st all India kannada literature meet.  Plans have been made to develop it further to make it a best sports complex.