Shri Karkal Tirth
Mulnayak: Shri Neminath Bhagavan, Ardha Padmasana Posture, Black coloured idol , 137 cms. (4.5 feet) in height.
Tirth Place: The temple is near Karkal, a small village.
History: In 1514 V.S. a King called Abhinav Pandya gave the amount required to renovate this temple, from this we can know that the temple is still older than the above date.
Specialty: The specialty of this temple is the 56 feet high 'Man Stambh' which is made of single stone in fron of the temple. The rocks found in this area are strong and good for making statues. The idol made of this stone are seen in many houses.
Other Temples: Near the village on a hill there is idol of Shri Bahubali, 41 feet high which was built by King Vir Pandya in 1525 V.S. On the Same hill there is another idol of Shri Rishabdev Bhagavan, the idol is 'Chaumukhi' (Four Faces on Four Sides).
Art and Sculptures: The art of idols in all the temples is excellent and is famous.
Guidelines: The nearest railway station is Mangalore, at a distance of 51 kms (32 miles) and from Karkal the temple is at a distance of 1.3 kms. From here transport facilities are available upto the temple. The temple can be reached in Mangalore-Shimoga railway travel.
Facilites: There is Dharmashala near the temple with all facilities.
Shri Jain Dharma Jirnaudvar Sangh,
Dist. South Karnataka,