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Jain Teerth -Venur , Karnataka
Name :
Shri Digamber Jain Atishaya Teerth Kshetra Venur.
Is an Atishaya Kshetra (Place of Miracles).
Address :
Shri Jain Dig. Atishaya Teerth Kshetra Venur
Place & Post – Venur, Taluka – Belthangadi,
Dist. – South Kanara (Karnataka) Pin – 574242
Management committee :
Shri Jain Dig. Teerth Kshetra Samiti
Place & Post – Venur, Taluka – Belthangadi,
Dist. – South Kanara (Karnataka) Pin – 574242
Chair Person :
Rajarshi Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari
Dharmasthala, Dist. – South Kanara (Karnataka)
Phone 0825 – 2317121, 2317122
Secretary :
Shri A. Gunapal Jain
Ermody House, P.O. Perinje, Dist. – South Kanara (Karnataka)
Phone 0825 – 2396288 (O), 2399229 (R)
Nearby City :
Dharmasthala 33 km
Moodbidri 20 km
Mangalore 55 km
Varanga 64 km
Karkala 37 km
About Venur :

Venur is a small town in South Kanara District of Karnataka state situated on the bank of river Gurupur. Venur though a small town was once a great seat of Jainism. It was the capital of the Ajila Dynasty and one of the most prominent Kings of them Thimmanna Ajila built a colossus of Gommateshwara 35 feet high in 1604 A.D. He was a direct descendant of Chamundaraya, who built one at Shravanbelgola. 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.

Main Temple & Idol :

A 35 high colossus of Gommateshwara (Lord Bahubali) is standing here on a raised pedestal without any support. It is a nice specimen. The features are well cut and are in proportion. The statue is really wonderful & agreeable.

Temple Kind of:


Other Temple : 

Seven beautiful temples are here to be viewed with the 35 feet high colossus of Gommateshwara Bahubali. Two out of them were completed simultaneously with the Gommateshwara by the Queens of King Ajila known as Akkangala Basadi and Binnani Basadi.
There is an attractive idol of Lord Chandraprabhu carved in flat rock installed in Akkangala Basadi and in Binnani Basadi a very beautiful bronze idol of Lord Shantinath Swami is worth being seen. Both the temples are situated in either sides of Gommateshwara.
Shri Shantinath Temple is also near situated in a separate enclosure with the principal deity Lord Parsvanath, a beautiful bronze idol. This temple was reconstructed by Poojya Bhattarakaji of Moodbidri. Inscription of this idol is not clear.
Fourth is three storied magnificent temple of Shantinath Swami. This temple totally constructed by stone and being biggest in size is called Kullu Temple or Big Temple. The idol of Bhagwan Shantinath is carved on a Black rock 5 feet in height. Around the nimbus of this idol Ashta Pratiharya are designed. This temple is built by Madhurkka Devi. Out of the enclosure of this temple, a magnificent artistic Manstambha (Column of Dignity) is standing with idols of 24 Teerthankars are carved in it 6 in each side. According the two inscriptions of this temple, this was completed in the year 1489 A.D. Bhagwan Mahaveer’s bronze idol is also here in the upper story.
24 Teerthankar Temple is in the right part of Shri Shantinath Temple with 24 idols of Teerthankars on rocks. In this temple in both sides beautiful idols of Goddess Padmawati & Saraswati are also installed. Artistic work on stone in this temple is agreeable. At the left of Shri Shantinath Temple, a small temple of Bhagwan Adinath exists, the idol is very attractive & magnificent.

Natural Scenerio : 
Hilly area of Sahyadri Mountains presents very attractive natural scene, really wonderful pleasing to eyes.
Facilities : 

Various hotels, lodges & tourist bungalows are available at Mangalore, Udupi, Moodbidri, Karkala, Manipal etc.

Means of approach :
Venur is connected by road from Mangalore, Udupi and Belthangadi. Busses & Taxies are available.
Nearby Places :
Dharmasthal, Moodbidri, Karkala, Varanga
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