Sunday, March 31, 2013

Basadis in Padupanambur

Della Vella might not have had the patience to visit these Basadis during his sojurn to South India, but Derebail definitely had the time and inclination to explore these basadis which is attached to the yester year kings of the land.  ( Savant and his clan who ruled the territory between pavanje river and samhavi river from the Hoysala times )
This Basadi is located off the national highway 17 which is now redesignated at NH 66 running from Panvel to Kasargod.  The precise destination is Padupanambur which after Halengadi bus stop, one needs to travel a km and half and take a detour on the left towards Mulki aramane, after visiting the same one needs to proceed further half a km and take a right turn and the road leads directly to the Basadi, which can be spotted with the jutting out pillar.

The basadi is built with a combination of granite and latrite stones and mud plastering.  It has been definitely given some sprucing up otherwise with the coastal weather it would have become history like the palace.  Recently some amount of renovation is being taken up, hope the roads are widened for the tourist to easily visit this historical jain heritage.

The durbar of the royalty with king and queen seated.

 The main sanctum and basadi is in immaculate condition considering the coastal rainfall.   It is blended with some coating of paint with ancient structure being retained as it is.  I hope too many renovations does not take place with original structure except strengthening the superstructure.
This katille basadi is another 1 km away from the main basadi which is in ruins.   It faces the sea front and quiet breezy since it is located on elevated surface.   The structure has been ruined, due to lack of maintainence, the statues of the Jaina theerthankaras are missing.  Even the laterite boundary wall stones have been robbed.   The only standing structure needs to be barricaded from becoming a history without trace.

Luckily the granite structures are still in moderately good shape.

If one can spare some time one can visit all the three basadis and palace of the Savants of Mulki, who are originally based in Padapanabur.   This place now more well known for its aarsu kambala, than the Savant empire.


Manish Jain said...

Supreb Post! Nice Pics.

Really nice to know about these basadis.

One question- Mulki is different from Padapanabur? Aarsu Kambala means???

Keep posting!

Deguide said...

Manish Jain Padapanambur is roughly 3 kms away from Mulki. Arasu Kambla is the famous buffalo race conducted every year

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice post on the Basadi. Is it very far from Moodbidiri?


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