…the Portuguese conferred her with the title “Rainha de Pimenta” – The Pepper Queen. The queen also patronised Jainism and supported building temples of Jain Tirthankaras, and the prominent among them is the Chaturmukha Basadi.

Chaturmukha Basadi was built in 1562 with grey granite stone in Vijayanagara style. The temple is built on a star-shaped platform with large, vertical stairs carved out of rocks leading to the imposing temple. The shrine has four identical entrances, each in four directions of the compass leading to the garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum). Inside, there are statues of four thirthankaras Rishabhanatha, Ajithanatha, Sambhavanatha and Abhinandana.

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