The Chaturmukha Basadi and Mavinagundi Waterfalls

Monsoon Monsoon and the peak season of Monsoon is the lovely September month where I'm extremely active and this year around planned for a lovely itinerary to costal Karnataka of Honnavara and planned to visit all the places in between Sharavathi to Honnavara.

On a drizzling Friday night started our drive to Honnavara and early morning around 6am reached the Mavinagundi waterfalls where we brushed and freshen up and we hit the Gerusoppa Chaturmukha Basadi to spend some time to capture the temples early morning vibes.

This place completely got me surprised just for the fact it lies so close to the Gerusoppa Dam and middle of rich greenery and diversity. The 1 hr spent at this place was so magical that I literally saw Malabar and Pied Hornbills everywhere and the place looked with great energy.

Then we visited the Jain temple which is a historic marvel and to our luck the temple was not open as it was very early but we had the chance the look around the temple from outside and enjoy it cultural and architectural marvel. The Basadi is 15th century one and earlier nearly 108 temple of Jain heritage existed around the place but now only 5 survive and this is one among them.

Chaturmukha Basadi was built in 1562 with grey granite stone in Vijayanagara style. The temple is built on a star-shaped platform with large, vertical stairs carved out of rocks leading to the imposing temple. The shrine has four identical entrances. The Temple was built by a women queen called Chennabhaira Devi and she is one of the longest ruling queens of the region.Her empire included the present-day Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada, South Goa and parts of Malabar region. Her kingdom had 37 seaports, and trade and commerce reached their peak during her rule. The temple inside also contains the 4 statues of the Teerthankaras.

Post the visit, we packed and left to Honnavara for some beautiful weekend ahead...

The Chaturmukha Basadi

The clear water bodies around the basadi

The statues of the Basadi

The greenery around the place

The Mavinagundi falls on the way to Gerusoppa

This path leads to a nice Hanging bridge

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