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Lighting of Oil Lamps in Kathale Basadi, Udupi District

As part of the World Tourism Day celebrations, the Kathale Basadi, one of the archaeological sites in in Barkur, Udupi District under the Karkala Sub circle, was lit with lamps on 26.09.2017 evening.

This basadi is said to be have been built between the eighth century AD and 12th century AD. There are three structures in the basadi premises and a 20-ft long monolithic stone pillar has been erected at its entrance. This basadi was built by the rulers of Alupa dynasty, who ruled over Tulunadu for about 600 years. The basadi, built in local style, is a protected monument under the ASI. Barkur was one of the capitals of the Alupa rulers.

Smt. K. Moortheeswari, SA, Bangalore and Hampi Mini Circle urged about the importance and necessity to protect the monuments and requested the local people to ensure and safe gaurd the monument from damages through encroachments around.
Priority should also be given to maintaining cleanliness around them.

The ASI is also observing Cleanliness Fortnight "Swachcchata Pakhwada" in all monuments under Bangalore and Hampi Mini Circle from 16th to 30th September 2017.

G. Anuradha, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Udupi district, B.R. Anitha, Assistant Director of Tourism, Udupi Chapter, Shri. Girish, Jr. Conservation Assistant, Karkala Sub-circle and staffs of Karkala and Udupi monuments were present.

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