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Location:  Humcha or Hombucha is a famous  Jain pilgrim centre  in Karnataka established in the 7th century by  Jinadattacharya, founder of the Santhara  dynasty. It has been also called as Pomrchcha and  Pombucha in the  inscriptions. 
  Hombucha has the well-known Jaina Math which was  established centuries ago by the monks belonging to the  Nandi Sanga of Kunda Kundanavaya.  Parshwanatha temple, Padmavathi temple,  Marthanda Basadi, Bogara Basadi and Jattigaraya Basadi are located in the spacious Math. 
   Near the Math there are the 1,300-year-old evergreen Lakki tree,  which contain water  through river Kumudavathi, a tributary of Tungabhadra, which takes its origin at Kusuma Tirtha. The water flows through a hole in the nearby hillock  in the lake .

 Humcha or Hombucha Jain temples
 Humcha or Hombucha is a famous  Jain pilgrim centre. In front of the basadi is a manastambha which is a magnificent monolithic pillar.

   On top of the hill, close to the village and overlooking the matha is an old basadi dedicated to Bahubali. An inscription mentions that it was built in 898 AD by Vikramaditya Santara.  Sculptures and monuments are unearthed at regular intervals in this region. The Pancha Matrika sculpture recently found in front of the Kalleshwara temple is a significant find. It is said that it belongs to the 17th C. Although numerous references are available regarding the Pancha Matrikas, Sapta Matrika panels are very common throughout the country.
   History:  Prince Jinadattaraya is said to have come from Mathura in the north and established a kingdom in the south, making Hombucha his capital. Jinadattaraya left Mathura on horseback with the image of Padmavathi Devi. When he reached Hombucha, near the hillock called Bahubali Gudda, he was very exhausted. He dismounted and slept under the shade of the famous Lakki tree. While asleep, he had a dream wherein he was asked to establish the 
capital at the place with the help of the people living in the jungle.
  Other temples:  There is another old Jain temple of 10th C which is  built in the Chaukyan style and is called Panchkuta Basadi. It consists of five cells, all in a row with a common navaranga and an open mukhamantapa. There is a verandah all round the temple. In front of the basadi is a manastambha which is a magnificent monolithic pillar and is an interesting piece of work with elegant carvings. The pillar stands on a high platform which has three tiers. The bottom-most one has four elephants at the four corners and four more at the cardinal points. Lions in different postures are carved in-between these elephants. Ashta dikpalas with all their retinue and musicians are carved on the second tier.
   Festivals:  The annual car festival of Padmavathi Devi is held on the Moola Nakshatra day, generally in March every year. The Navarathri festival attracts a large number of devotees. 


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