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Mandaragiri Hill

A giant monolith rock stands tall in the village of Pandithanahalli, or ‘Village of the Priest’ a few kilometres outside the city of Tumkur, Karnataka. A Jain Temple or Basadi is located atop the hill and that’s how the name Basadi Betta ‘hill’ came to be. The Jain temple at the top houses smaller temples or Basadis in honour of three saints – Bhagwan Chandranatha, Bhagwan Parshwanatha and Bhagwan Suparshwanatha. In fact, it is believed the two of the smaller Basadis inside date back to the early 12th century, and the other two are from the 14th century.