Jainsism took its wings under the patronage of Chandragupta Maurya in S. India. Remember he gave up his throne in favour of his son Bindusara and migrated to Sharvanabelagola under the tutlege of his guru Bhadrabahu, who had predicted a great famine in North India. Chandragupta Maurya took up the missionary step to spread Jainism in South India.
The Gangas of Talakad who patronised Jainism helped it to spread its wing to various parts of Karnataka and Kerala and parts of Tamil Nadu too. Their biggest source of income was from the Gold Mining at Kolar, later they lost out in the race to Pallavas the territory of Gold mining ( Kolar Belt ) They shifted their HQ to Talakad which is on the banks of Cauvery river.
After the Gangas the Hoysala emperors did patronise Jainism, and it spread from the plains of Karnataka to the coastal belt of Karnataka. This Kotikere basti was probably established during the Hoysala reign under the Queen Shantala's ( King Vishnuvardhana 1108- 1152 ) patronage. The symbol of dancing lady on the Manasthamba gives a scuttle clue in this direction.
To capture the picture of Manasthamba requires a good camera and nature's aid in terms of natural lighting. The monument is surrounded by trees all round it, adding to it the entire structure is shades of black and white due to aging and algea formation on it.
The Manasthamba as i have mentioned is filled with scultpure, with Thirthankaras in meditation postures. There is no description which thirthankaras are depicted on the structure.
Vijaya College premises is just below this monument towards West.
The temple structure seems to have been rebuilt with various with modern paint.
Inner sanctum shows Lord Mahaveer in bronze and White Marble. The shelf contains various khalasa donated by the piligrims.
A close up of Mahaveer in white Marble.
In earlier times i am sure the Baniyan trees were providing plenty of shade to the pilgrims and monk alike, we can still see the remanents of the baniyan tree towards the north portion of the structure.
Another basadi seems to be converted into a Hanuman temple.