Inland from Mangaluru is a string of Jain-temple towns, such as Venur, Mudabidri and Karkal. The most interesting among them is Dharmasthala village, by the Netravathi River. Tens of thousands of pilgrims pass through this tiny settlement every day. During holidays and major festivals, such as the five-day pilgrim festival of Lakshadeepotsava, the footfall can go up tenfold.
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