Kallu Basadi or Dodda Basadi, Venur

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If time allows, then tourists are recommended to visit the Kallu Basadi that is otherwise known as Dodda Basadi. This Basadi was constructed by using rock stones and that is why the site was named Kallu Basadi. The existence of a palatial courtyard is the reason why the site was also called as Dodda Basadi (Big Basadi). Upon reaching the Kallu Basadi, travellers will get a chance to explore the 5 feet statue of shanthinatha. Tourists can also see rock formations of Yakshi Mahamanasi and Yasha Garuda on both sides of the idol. The main attraction of Kallu Basadi is the Tirthankara idol that can be seen in padmasana posture with meditation stance.

The idols of two Tirthankaras, namely Chandranatha and Mahaveera are also kept inside the Kallu Basadi. On close observation visitors can see an inscription on the base of the pedestal of 24 bronze idols of Tirthankaras. This pedestal has been given the name – 'Hari Peeta'.

Slate rock has been used for constructing the entrance (only the exterior part) of the Kallu Basadi. Travellers can also see the Saraswathy idol (right side) and the Padmavathi Devi idol (left side) inside the sanctum sanctorum. Due to the presence of the above mentioned idols, the site is known as 'Ammanavara Basadi'.

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