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Thousand Pillars - Moodabidri


The Thousand Pillars Basadi or the Saavira Kambada Basadi of Moodabidiri is very famous for its splendid architectural beauty. This basadi, as the name suggests, contains a thousand pillars, each pillar wonderfully and intricately designed.

It is believed that this basadi was built in the year 1430. In 1463, Bhairadevi constructed the Bhairadevi Mantapa and Nagaldevi, wife of Bhairarasa constructed the Manasthambha which is 50 feet tall structure in front of the basadi. The Bhairadevi Mantapa is a rare found architectural design with the side walls of stones bearing the carvings of Giraffe, Chinese Dragon and an Arabian Horse. Visitors find it difficult to peel their eyes off such wonderful carvings. Inside the basadi stands a 9 feet tall idol of Bhagwan Shri Chandranatha Swami, made out of an alloy of five metals.

Saavira Kambada basadi is one of its kinds in the entire nation of India and perhaps for this reason alone, it bears an impressive name "Thribhuvana Tilaka Choodamani".