Basadi Betta or Mandharagiri
Mandaragiri is a picturesque small hillock on the dry stony waste land of Tumkur District. When you drive from Bangalore towards Tumkur in the National Highway 4 (NH4) after approximately 65 km from Bangalore, to your right you will observe, a small round hillock having a white line towards the peak.
There you can see an entrance arch in the main road stating the name 'Mandaragiri' and going by this way you can reach to a small village, Panditanahalli. Little distance from this place leads you to the bottom of the hill.
Chandranatha Parvatha and much more generally referred as Basadi Betta, is one of the important pilgrim centres for Jains in Karnataka. You can park you vehicles at the bottom of Basadi Betta, and you can see a Mutt nearby. Ensure that to get the keys of the temple from the priest in case he is not coming with you towards top.
The white line you observed before is the flight of steps. The hill is smooth and you never feel so tiring. On the way up to the hill you can visit a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. The Brahma temple housing a neat statue of the God whose mount is smeared with sindhoor. Make sure that you visit this temple.
Once you reach top of the hill after climbing 435 steps, you are welcomed by the main door of the temple. After entering the main door now you are in a huge courtyard in the midst of four temples, two temples are dedicated to Bhagawan Chandranatha and one each one for Parshwanatha as well as Suparshwanatha. The idols are simple but wonderful. In the far corner, you can observe two large footprints and it is believed that these footprints are of the Thirthankara.
You will also notice a tall statue of Chandranatha Thirthankara which is being carved at this place. A tall white replica of the statue stands alongside. It is scheduled to finish this statue and erect it on topmost part of Basadi Betta in a few years.
You can spend a while at Basadi Betta; rest and get pleasure from the cool breeze blowing via the many aisles of the mantapas. The far-away hills as well as the rocky landscape with small puddles present a lovely view.
There is one more surprise when you open the rare door of the temple complex. You can see a beautiful lake called Maidala Kere down below. This wonderful lake was once serving the water requirements of Tumkur.
Overnight stay at the Basadi Betta is usually an thrilling experience. You need to take the permission from the temple people. You need to carry water for drinking and foodstuff along with you. The whole location is extremely neat as well as clean so please make sure that it remains like that at the time you depart.
Annual fair at Basadi Betta is held in January on the event of birthday of Chandranatha. This fair attracts huge number of devotees.
Basadi Betta is a beautiful and must visit weekend getaway if you are looking for a short vacation from city life. You can visit Basadi Betta in Tumkur any time during the year.