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Dharmasthala is perhaps the most highly revered and best known temple town in Karnataka . Located amidst the picturesque Western Ghats on the banks of the Nethravathi River , it is about 100 km from Udupi and about 70km from Mangalore .

Sri Manjunatha swamy temple.

This holy place is the home of the Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple , where devotees of all castes and creeds visit. The temple is devoted to Shiva and houses a lingam of gold. The temple is unusual in that it is run by a Jain administration and poojas are conducted by Madhva priests. Everyone enjoys the generous hospitality without any distinction of caste, creed or class whatsoever. On an average the flow of pilgrims is about 10,000 people a day. A mechanised and clean kitchen provides free food for all pilgrims. There are guest houses with modern amenities.The temple is unique example of unity in diversity.

Legend

It has been told in Dharmasthala that the Shiva Lingam in Dharmasthala was brought to Dharmasthala by a man named Annappa . Legend is that he used to work for the Heggade family. Once when the Heggade he was serving wanted to worship Lord Shiva, Annappa had assured him to get one lingam and vanished from the sight. Surprisingly next day morning, by the time all woke up, he had already established the lingam in Dharmasthala, a few metres away from Heggade's house.

Later it was known that the Lingam was from Kadri near Mangalore , from the Kadri temple. By then, Annappa had vanished and he was never again sighted in the vicinity. Now people in Dharmasthala worship Annappa as Annappa Panjurli , a local god deva and a hero.

Anna Daana

The average flow of pilgrims is about 10,000 people everyday.Every one of the thousands of pilgrims who daily visit shri Kshetra Dharmasthala is an honored guest irrespective of caste, creed, culture or status.The "Anna Daana" [free food] is perhaps one of the most impressive events that takes place at the holy temple.Free food is provided to devotees who come in thousands every day.The temple has modern machinery and makes quality food continuously through out the day.Temple does not differentiate between the rich and the poor for the Anna Dhaana.The dining hall is known as "Annapoorna" .

Vidyadaana

Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala by the SDMCET Society manages a 25 institutions ranging from primary schools, Gurukula to teach yoga, Sanskrit, and professional courses in Engineering, Medicine, and Dental Sciences in Dharmasthala, Ujire, Mangalore, Udupi, Dharwad and other places of Karnataka state.

The Siddavana gurukula started by the Late Manjayya Heggade has become a model educational institution. Over 250 students are provided free lodging and boarding and learn yoga, Sanskrit in addition to basic school curriculum. The specialty of this institution is its endeavor to teach values based on Indian Culture.

Aushadadaana

In the field of health care, The medical trust also provides services to eradicate and prevent many diseases in local villages. contribution is unlimited. The Mobile Hospital established by poojya shri Heggade is fully equipped to deal with emergencies and provide medical treatment to the rural folk at the inaccessible interiors of Malnad area. A modern T.B.Sanitorium is built by Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Medical Trust to give relief to the patients of tuberculosis(now converted into general hospital).The Ayurvedic Hospitals at Udupi and Hassan provide Ayurvedic medicines as per the ancient text. The Nature Cure Hospital built on the banks of the Netravathi River, has created renewed faith in the system based on the five elements of Air, Earth, Ether, Water and Light. SDM Eye Hospital at Mangalore, is one of the most modern allopathic eye treatment centres.The SDM Dental Hospital caters to regular dental needs and specialised treatments such as oral implants, surgery for cleft lip and other orthodontic surgeries. Shri Heggade has been actively involved in propagating the practice of Yoga, the ancient system of fitness. Surya Namaskara Camps are regularly organised where Yoga is taught to the masses. Further 250 high school teachers are trained in Yoga every year, who in turn teach at least 100 students each.

Abhayadaana

Free mass weddings which were started in 1972 have gained popularity. Every year hundreds of couples are getting married (Saamoohika Vivaha mahotsava) here. Following the tradition of the Kshetra where all religions and castes are welcome, hundreds of couples are married in accordance with their personal religious rite. The expenses of the wedding dress, Mangalsutra and Wedding feast for a limited number of the couple's guests are borne by the Kshetra

Heggade Family

The present head of Dharmasthala, Padmashri Dr. Veerendra Heggade , the 21st in succession to the Dharmadhikari Peetha, has lived up to the great tradition. He has not only continued to uphold the sacred tradition, but carried out his ancestral heritage to a greater height. In doing so he has also achieved remarkable progress in his service to mankind. For over 25 years, Sri Veerendra Heggade has endeared himself by dedicating himself to the service of God and man in religious, cultural and educational fields. He has launched several socio-economic programmes, which have directly benefited the poor. Free mass weddings which were started in 1973 have gained immense popularity over the years. This is a boon to those poor people who cannot afford weddings on their own.

In 1973 a statue of Lord Bahubali carved out of a single rock, was installed at Dharmasthala on a low hill near the Manjunatha temple. It was about 39 foot (12 m) high and weighed about 175 tonnes.

More than 25 institutions from primary schools to professional colleges are run in and around Dharmasthala . Old and decrepit temples have been renovated, taking care to preserve the traditional architecture. Ancient manuscripts and paintings have been painstakingly restored and preserved for posterity. A museum of beautiful antique objects, which is both educative and fascinating, has been established. A car museum houses a rare collection of vintage cars. Every year, a Sarva Dharma Sammelan (multi religious meet) is held at Dharmasthala, which attracts spiritual leaders from various faiths and schools, and patrons of art and literature, from far and wide.

This is also among of the few pilgrim centers in India which provides free boarding and lodging to all the visiting devotees. The exponentially increasing number of visitors is a proof of the good work being done here.

Main Temple

Shrine of Shri Manjanatheshwara
Shrine of Ammanavaru & the Four Daivas - Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswami and Kanyakumari
Shrine of Lord Ganapathi

Badinade Hill - Shrine of Annappa Swami and the abode of Dharma Daivas

The Neliyadi Beedu - The original abode of the Heggades and the Dharma Daivas

Sri Chandranatha Basadi - Shrine of Shri Chandranatha Swami
Ratnagiri Hill - The statue of Shri Bahubali

Manjusha Museum

Manjusha museum has a unique collection of heritage objects as well as the artifacts, which were in use till recently in the coastal area.

His love for preserving Indian cultural heritage has yielded a vast collection of Indian stone & metal sculptures, paintings, items of jewellery, objects of worship and utilitarian objects created by the craftsman of the coastal area. Manjusha Museum is dearer to his heart and this collection is the outcome of 35 years of his dedicated effort. His collection does not just stop at the heritage objects but also brings the objects that were part of the scientific development of the country. His keen interest in photography enabled him to acquire the smallest to the largest size of the cameras. Another passionate interest of Dr. Heggade is the Vintage Collection, which draws the attention of people of many countries. This part of the collection provides source material for those who want to conduct research on the various aspects of our civilization.

The Manjusha collection not only gladdens the hearts of the visitors, but also educates them to a great extent. The sight of objects like domestic vessels, ritual objects, toys and games and even manuscripts which are very familiar to them arouse a new awareness amongst the visitors from neighboring places. They get motivated and make up their minds either to donate the antique objects in their possession to Manjusha Museum or to preserve them with care. The entire collection until now has remained carefully protected and is accessible to the pilgrims and scholars alike. Manjusha Museum at Dharmasthala is a veritable treasure house of lovingly preserved pieces of history.

It may be mentioned here with humility and sincerity that the cardinal purpose of bringing together the Indian heritage objects in the collection of Manjusha Museum is to provide divine experience and aesthetic delight to the viewers.

From the knowledge of Art arises divine knowledge,
And such knowledge leads to enlightenment.
This liberation is truly the essence of the knowledge of Art,
He who realises this, attains freedom.

- Vastu Sutra Upanishad.

Ancient temple chariots are yet another portion of our heritage that draw the attention of Shri Heggade. These magnificent juggernauts with their carvings and decorations have often suffered neglect and begun to be looked upon as white elephants. Such temple chariots are brought to Dharmasthala and restored to their original grandeur by dedicated craftsmen so that people may once again admire the beauty of these chariots of the gods.

The ancient scripts are deciphered by scholars and experts and translated into modern languages so that the gems of ancient literature may once again find their true place in Indian literature.

The ancient scripts are deciphered by scholars and experts and translated into modern languages so that the gems of ancient literature may once again find their true place in Indian literature. The Sri Manjunatheshwara Cultural Research Foundation of the Kshethra Dharmasthala has over 5,000 manuscripts of considerable antiquity in Sanskrit, Kannada, Tulu and a couple manuscripts in Prakrit and Tamil. About 2,500 manuscripts in Sanskrit are on Valmiki's Ramayanam, Bhaskaracharya's Jyotisa Siddantha Shiromane. Bana's Nataka and a host of manuscripts on Upanishads and Sastras. The Section also possesses over 400 Tulu manuscripts including some on Yakshagana prasangas. According to Mr. G. M. Umapati Shastri who is in charge of the Research Foundation there are 160 manuscripts on Yakshagana alone.

A copy of the Holy Bible translated from the Latin Vulgate and edited with notes by the Rev. Geo Leo Haydock and published in the United States in 1609 is among the rare and out-of-print books of the foundation. Sri D. Veerendra Heggade says there is a move to microfilm the entire collection.

In this priceless collection, there is a whole section devoted to an amazing variety of horse drawn carriages and antique cars. Maintained in pristine condition, these vintage beauties are, even today ready to take the road.

For more info: http://www.shridharmasthala.org/Home.asp

Distance:- 300 km from Bangalore.
Mangalore-65km.
By Road: -

Dharmasthala is located approximately 300 kms from Bangalore, and is connected by National Highway. It is about 65 Kms from the port town of Mangalore and well connected by road.

By Rail: - Nearest railway station - Mangalore.
By Air: - Nearest Airport - Mangalore & Bangalore.
Location:- Dharmasthala is located approximately 300 kms from Bangalore, and is connected by National Highway. It is about 65 Kms from the port town of Mangalore and well connected by road.
Route:-

One route is via Tallur- Hattiangadi -Karkunje-Vandse. Second route via Hemmadi-Vandse and third one is via Byndoor . However, the shortest route is through Hemmady. On the National Highway 17 , after around 7 km from Kundapur, at Hemmady one has to take right deviation to reach Kollur.

When to go:- Dharmasthala is endowed with sultry climate with temperatures hovering around 35 Degree Celcius most times of the year. The best season would be October to February and June to September when one can enjoy the winter and rainy climate of Dharmasthala respectively.
Tourist offices:- KSTDC(bookings and info) Badami House, NR Square, Bangalore Tel: 080-2275869, Fax: 2352626 Email: kstdc@vsnl.in
Where to stay :- Temple choultries and guest houses at Dharmasthala.
Tele: 91 8256 77141 Enquiry: 91 8256 771234
 
 
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