Permanent Pictorial Cancellation - Kattale Basadi, Barkur (Released at Karnapex 2015 on 17th January 2015)
Barkur is a cluster of 3 villages (Hosala, Hanehalli, Kachoor) in Udupi district of the Karnataka. The place is located on the bank of river Seeta. It is located 16 km from Udupi.
Kattale Basadi or basadi in Barkur is an ancient Jain temple. A 20-feet monolithic stone pillar is erected at the entrance. The temples were elegantly designed with carvings and embellishments, but are now in ruins. The twenty-four dents in the stone are the only evidence of the existence of idols of the twenty-four Jain thirthankaras. There are three main structures in a big courtyard with a victory pillar at the entrance. Built between the 8th and 12th Century A.D. by the Alupa rulers, the Jain Basadi, unlike most South Indian temples built in the Dravidian style, does not have a gopuram. The sanctum sanctorum is surrounded by stone walls otherwise known as Prangan, with sloping stone pillars over it. The original Mahavira idol was destroyed but has been replaced by stone tablets with animal figures that are a later addition. Katthale Basadi consists of Navranga with Nagkaali, Shiva, Vishnu and Jain deities with separate temples. It proves the existence of changing kingdoms with various rulers trying to control the city both politically and in terms of religion.