Moodabidri is a town in Dakshina Kannada (South Canara) district. Owing to widely grown bamboo in ancient days, this place got named as Moodabidri.
Because of widely grown bamboo in ancient days, this place got named as Moodabidri. Moodabidri comes from two words: Moodu and Bidiru. Moodu means East and Bidiru means bamboo.
Tulu spoken by majority of the population, followed by Konkani and Kannada. A small Muslim population speaks Beary and Urdu here.
Jainism was and still is strongly practised in Moodabidri. The Thousand Pillars Temple (Saavira Kambada Basadi) is a famous and holy shrine for Jains across the country. It also has Guru Basadi which houses the treasured Dhavala text. There are other Basadis: Ammanvara Basadi and Leppada Basadi. There are several Jain temples in Moodbidri.
The town is also nicknamed as 'Jain Kashi of the South' and 'Pensioner's Paradise'. Famous for annual 'Alvas Nudisiri', a cultural program held every year in November.
The number of delegates attending the conference is increasing year by year from four thousand to nine thousand.
Since 1999, Congress has retained the assembly seat. K Abhayachandra is the sitting MLA and he defeated Umanatha Kotian of BJP.