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Jainism got originated in Karnataka more than 2000 years. Jains divided in to two sects such as Swethambara and Digambaras after Mahavira, the 24th Theerthankara. Karnataka is a seat of Digambara sect of Jainism since time immemorable. The rulers of this region provided immense support and encouragement for the growth of Jainism in Karnataka from 4th to 14th century A.D. They were highly charitable and generous in donating and encouraging the Jain temples, religious heads and Jain organisations. As a result many Jain Basadis got established in Karnataka. These Basadis was built in these areas were highly picturesque and beautiful. These temples took an active part not only in the spread of Jainism in the state but also in establishing educational and cultural centers. Karnataka dominates in Jain temples compared to the other states in South India. Many of these temples are classified according to Jain sects. Idols of tirthankaras are present in these temples.

Jainism flourished well in the costal districts compared to the other districts in Karnataka. Moodabidri, nestled in Western Ghats is well known as Jain Kashi for housing 18 Jain Temples (Basadis). Tribhuvana Tilalaka Chudamani temple also called 1000 Pillars temple is most popular among them. Apart from Moodbidri, there are many Jain temples in the South Canara (Dakshina Kannada) district Dharmasthala, Venoor, Karkala, Varanga, Shirlal are few other places of Jain heritage.

Karnataka state is known for the heritage of Jainism starting from the Mauryan period to till today. They spread religion through art, literature, sculpture and architecture.

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