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Humcha in Shimoga
Humcha is a small village and one of the important pilgrim centers especially for Jains and it located in Shimoga district at a distance of 58 Km from Shimoga.
Humcha is also called as Humbaj or Hamchawadi was founded in 7th century by Jinadattacharya, a founder of Santhara dynasty. As per the inscriptions available here, Humcha was also known as Pomrchcha and Pombucha.
The monks belonging to the Nandi Sanga of Kunda Kundanavaya has established a popular Jain Mutt at Humcha and the history of this mutt dates back to few centuries.
Humcha houses a popular Padmavathi Temple dedicated to the Goddess Padmavathi in the Mutt premises. This Padmavathi temple is considered as very holy and the temple is well-known for historical and cultural heritage.
You can also visit Parshwanatha temple, Marthanda Basadi, Bogara Basadi and Jattigaraya Basadi in the Mutt premises.
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.
On top of the hill, 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 discover. It is claimed that it belongs to the 17th Century AD.
Other temples at Humcha
You can find one more ancient Jain Basadi at Humcha that belongs to 10th century AD which was constructed in the Chaukyan style and known as Panchkuta Basadi. This Basadi has been constructed with five cells, all in a row which has a shared navaranga as well as an open Mukhamantapa. You can find a verandah all round the temple.
The main attraction of this Basadi is a Pillar erected in front of this Basadi. Manastambha which is an impressive monolithic pillar, this pillar is a masterpiece of work with rich carvings. This attractive pillar has been erected on a high platform comprised of three levels. The base one has four elephants at the four corners plus four more on the cardinal points. Lions in various postures are carved in-between these elephants. Ashta dikpalas along with all their followers as well as musicians are carved in the second level.
Festivals at Humcha
Humcha is considered as an Atishaya Kshetra, which means a place where divine events happens 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.
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
How to get there:
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
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