Venur is an important pilgrimage centre for Jains. The little town on the banks of the river Gurupur might seem small and nondescript today, but back in history, it was a flourishing city and was as an important seat of Jainism as well as the capital of the Ajila dynasty.
A Popular Jain Stronghold
Thus Venur has great religious as well as historical significance. The town's biggest attraction is the 35 feet high statue of Lord Gomateshwara. It was erected in the year 1604 by the Jain king Timmanna Ajila and is one of the four such monolithic structures of Lord Gomateshwara found in Karnataka.
Venur also has several old Jain basadis that are worth exploring. There are also seven ancient temples that dot the countryside. The temples are architectural marvels and give a glimpse of the arts and culture of the era. Two of the temples are located on either side of the Gomateshwara statue. The area is worth exploring for its natural beauty with the Sahayadiri Hills forming a beautiful backdrop to the town. Venur is close to other important Jain centers like Dharmasthal and Karkala.
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It is located in the Dakshina Kannada district and well connected by road to Mangalore. Udupi can be reached via state transport buses as well as taxis.
Winters is the best time to visit Venur