Chaturmukha Basadi is a popular 16th century Jain temple in Karkala, a taluk headquarter and town in Udupi district in coastal Karnataka.
Chaturmukha basadi is located on an elevated field in the middle of coconut plantation and paddy fields. Chaturmukha translates to “four faces”. The temple is open on all four sides, with four identical doorways all leading to inner sanctum- Gurba Gruha. Temple doorways feature various Jain Thirthankaras as well as Hindu gods and goddesses.
Chaturmukha Basadi has 108 granite pillars
Timing: Chaturmukha Basadi is open from 10 AM till 2 PM and 4 PM till 5.30 PM on all days.
Nearby: Gomateshwara Statue, another popular monument in Karkala, is just 1.4 kms from the temple. One more Basadi in Varanga, 27 kms from Karkala is worth visiting as the Basadi is located in the middle of a scenic pond.
How to reach? Karkala is 361 kms from Bengaluru and 51 kms from Mangaluru. Mangaluru is the nearest airport and railway station. Karkala is well connected by bus service from Udupi and Mangaluru. The temple is 1.3 kms from Karkala city centre and can be reached on foot or by hiring an auto.
Stay: Karkala city has multiple hotels.