Padmavathi Devi Jain Temple Humcha
About Padmavathi Devi Jain Temple
Humcha is a small village and one of the important pilgrim centres especially for Jains and is located in Shimoga district at a distance of 58 Km from Shimoga. The city was established by Jinadattaraya a devotee of Goddess Padmavati.
The main temple complex begins with a series of 11 steps spread over an area of around 20 feet. In the midst of the steps is found an ancient Manasthambha and on climbing few steps we come across a huge open hall similar to a Mukha Mantapa in ancient temples. On moving ahead of the open hall in the centre is found the Parshwanath temple, to its right are placed a series of ancient Jain idols recovered from different parts of Karnataka some of which are in its ruins. Further, ahead of the Jain idols is found the Kshetrapala Brahma Yaksha temple. To the left of the Parshwanatha temple is found the Padmavati Basadi
Humcha is also called as Humbaj or Hamchawadi was founded in 7th century by Jinadattacharya, This temple is considered to be very holy and is known or its cultural and historical heritage. Jain devotees of this holy place are everywhere throughout India and also in foreign countries. Thousands of devotees come to the Hombaja every year for fulfilment of their desires.
In humcha you can also visit Parshwanatha temple it also know as parshva was the 23rd of 24 Tirthankara of Jainism, Marthanda Basadi, Bogar Basadi, Paliakkana basadi, Guddada basadi, Panchakuta basadi, Kshetrapala temple and Jattigaraya Basadi in the Mutt premises.
On top of the hill, the nearby village and overlooking the mutt, you can see an ancient basadi dedicated to Bhagawan Bahubali. As per the inscription found here, the basadi was constructed in the year 898 AD by Vikramaditya Santara.
Humcha is known for its rich cultural and architectural heritage. Sculptures and monuments are discovered at regular intervals at Humcha. The Pancha Matrika statue newly discovered in front of the Kalleshwara temple is a major discovery. It is claimed that it belongs to the 17th Century AD.
Close to the Mutt at Humcha you will find a 1,300-year-aged evergreen Lakki tree that contains water from the river Kumudavathi, which takes its origin at Kusuma Tirtha. The water flows via a hole at close by hillock in the lake. most important thing in humcha there we see the one tree that tree name is Lakki tree it will never dry and one kere is there that is The Muttina Kere it will be never dry. The water will be constantly oozing out from the point of origin of river Kumudvati Whenever a devote asks for blessings from Goddess Padmavathi, the flowers will fall from the right side of the idol.
The annual Rathayatra Mahotsava of Lord Parshwanatha and Goddess Padmavathi will be held with other programmes at Humcha during the months of March/April under the guidance of his holiness Paramapujya Jagadguru Swasti Sri Devendrakeerthi Bhattarakha Swamiji.
The main temple complex begins with a series of 11 steps spread over an area of around 20 feet. In the midst of the steps is found an ancient Manasthambha and on climbing few steps we come across a huge open hall similar to a Mukha Mantapa in ancient temples. On moving ahead of the open hall in the centre is found the Parshwanath temple, to its right are placed a series of ancient Jain idols recovered from different parts of Karnataka some of which are in its ruins. Further, ahead of the Jain idols is found the Kshetrapala Brahma Yaksha temple.To the left of the Parshwanatha temple is found the Padmavati Basadi
Nearest Airport: The airport is getting constructed in Shimoga. The nearest airport is located at Mangalore
Nearest Railway station: Shimoga
Road: Humcha is well connected by road network.
Route Map from Bangalore to Humcha:
Bangalore - Tumkur - Tiptur - Arasikere - Kadur - Shimoga - Humcha
Route Map from Mysore to Humcha:
Mysore - Channarayapattana - Arasikere - Kadur - Shimoga - Humcha
Distance from Humcha
Shimoga: 58 Km
Thirthahalli: 29 Km
Sagar: 53 Km
Bangalore: 337 Km
Mysore: 302 Km
Mangalore: 194 Km
Udupi: 140 Km
Karkala: 110 Km
Moodabidri: 127 Km
Karwar: 222 Km
Sirsi: 123 Km
Chikmagalur: 155 Km
Accommodation facilities are provided to all the devotees/pilgrims visiting Hombuja by Sri Jain Math.
It is provided in rooms & dormitories depending on the requirement of the pilgrims and availability of rooms at Hombuja.
Jog Falls at 80 KM,
Varanga Jain Teerth at 90 KM,
Karkala Jain Teerth at 115 KM,
Moodbidri Jain Teerth at 130 KM,
Sharvan Belgola Jain Teerth at 250 K
Festivals at Humcha:
Humcha is considered as an Atishaya Kshetra, which means a place where divine events happen regularly. The annual car festival of Padmavathi Devi at Humcha is celebrated on the Moola Nakshatra day, generally in March every year. The Navarathri festival is also celebrated with great devotion and it attracts a large number of devotees to Humcha from different parts of Karnataka.
Important poojas during annual Rathotsava are
- Kunkuma Utsava & Dhwajaroha
- 108 Kalasha Abhisheka to Lord Parshwanatha at Guddada Basadi
- Ganadhara Valaya Aradhana
- Kalyana Mandira Aradhana
- Bhaktamara Aradhana