Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple

Dharmasthala symbolizes the true essence of religion and stands out as an oasis of peace and harmony. Here, one can witness a happy confluence of three faiths co-existing in complete harmony.

Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple
Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple

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 Netravati River, it is about 100 kms. from Udupi. Devotees of all caste and creed visit this holy place well known for charity. Everyone enjoys generous hospitality without any distinction whatsoever. On an average the flow of pilgrims is about 10,000 people everyday. A mechanized and clean kitchen provides free food for all pilgrims can feel comfortable at the guest houses, which have all modern amenities.

Dharmasthala symbolizes the true essence of religion and stands out as an oasis of peace and harmony. Here, one can witness a happy confluence of three faiths co-existing in complete harmony. While the presiding deity is Lord Shiva, the priests who conduct the daily rituals are Vaishnavaite Brahmins and the Dharmadhikari of the temple is a devout Jain. Thus religious tolerance and a spirit of oneness, which are the prominent characteristics of the Indian cultural heritage, has become the hallmark of Dharmasthala.

Sri kshetra dharmasthala manjunatheshwara

History of Dharmasthala
This place was originally called “Kuduma” but in the l6th century it was named as Dharmasthala – the abode of dharma and charity. The lineage of the Dharmadhikari can be traced back Over 600 years. According to the legend, a Jain Heggade known for his piety and hospitality, was chosen by the Dharmadevatas-the guardian angels of dharma, for the propagation of dharma; being Shivaganas, they installed a Shivalinga from the Kadri temple in Mangalore, so that dharma could be established in the name of the Lord. Subsequently, the Manjunatha temple was built around the Shivalinga. They also ordained the Heggade to carry out certain traditional charities.

The roots of religious tolerance and charity have been nurtured and strengthened by the Heggade family over hundreds of years. They were also patrons of art, literature and culture, and devoted their whole lives for the development of the Kshetra. The Heggade occupies one of the oldest seats of religious power in Karnataka and has a following all over the State, from members of all faiths. The influence that the Dharmasthala temple wields over the masses in Karnataka and adjoining areas is immense. People come to the Heggade for settlement of disputes over land and family quarrels. These disputes are resolved by the word of the Heggade. The disputing parties of different communities, who come to him, generally abide by his decision.

The present head of DharmasthalaPadmashri Dr. Veerendra Heggade, the 21st in succession to the Dharmadhikari Peetha, has lived upto the great tradition. He has carried his ancestral heritage to a greater height, not only by continuing to uphold the sacred tradition, but also by achieving 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. More than 25 institutions from primary schools to professional colleges are run. Old and decrepit temples are 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 held at Dharmasthala, attracts spiritual leaders of various faiths, schools and patrons of art and literature from far and wide.

As a social reformer, Sri Veerendra Heggade has rendered yeoman service to the society. He has also done commendable work through the integrated rural development projects in Dakshina Kannada and around. In 1982 he got the Bahubalistatue installed on a hillock at Dharmasthala. The towering monolithic statue (39 feet high) weighs over 210 tones and is the third biggest in the country.

Dhramasthala Seva Timinigs

Seva at Dharmasthala Seva Timings
Darshan, Pooja & Prasadam 6-30 a.m. to 2-00 p.m.
Abhisheka, Archane will be held from 8-30 a.m. to 11-00 a.m.
At night Darshan, Pooja will be held from 7-00 p.m. to 8-30 p.m.
Thulabhara Seva
on any day.
(Materials supplied by Temple only)
7:30 a.m. and 12:30 Noon

Seva at Dhramasthala

Sevas to Shri Manjunatha Swamy Seva Cost
Shatha Rudrabhisheka 350-00
Sri Prasada 50-00
Theertha Bottle 15-00
Bilva Pathrarchana 10-00
Karpoorarathi 2-00
Panchamruthabhsheka with Ekadasha Rudrabhisheka Brahmadaya, Brahmaprpana 150.00


Sevas to Sri Ganapathy Swamy Seva Cost
Panchamruthabhisheka 100-00
Appa Naivedya 20-00
Panchakajjaya 20-00
Karpoorarathi 2-00
In Ganapathy Special Pooja
Moodappa Pooja 10,500-00


Sevas to Shri Ammanavaru Seva Cost
Pavamanabhisheka 350-00
Flower Pooja 300-00
Panchamruthabhisheka 100-00
Kunkumarchana 15-00
Karpoorarathi 2-00


Sevas to Sri Annappa Swamy Seva Cost
Special Pooja with Balivada 80-00
Bellakai Naivedya 20-00
Karpoorarathi 2-00


Sevas to Sri Annappa Swamy Seva Cost
Special Pooja with Balivada 80-00
Bellakai Naivedya 20-00
Karpoorarathi 2-00

Tulabhara Sevas

Perticulars Children Adults Above 70 Kg.
In Rice 800 2,100 2,700
In Salt 600 1,400 1,800
In Tender Coconut 800 1,500 2,500
In Flower 600 1,500 1,800
In Rice & Coconut 1,000 2,400 2,800
In Jaggery 1,000 2,800 3,200
In Coconut 900 2,200 2,600
In Bananas 800 1,500 2,200
In Sugar 1,000 2,500 3,200
In Grain 1,000 2,400 3,000
In Coins 5,000 12,000 16,000

Special Poojas and Uthsavas

(Below Sevas can’t be performed from Hathanavadhi (May 25) to Deepavali)

Seva Seva Cost
Silver Palaki Uthsava 5,000
Silver Chariot Uthsava 2,500
Silver Palaki Uthsava & Silver Chariot Uthsava 7,500
Gold Palaki Uthsava 15,000
Gold Palaki Uthsava & Gold Chariot Uthsava 17,500
Silver Nandi Lalaki,  Deepothsava 11,000
Silver Lalaki,  Deepothsava 10,000
Ranga Pooja (24 Yede)
(Monday or Friday only)
Ranga Pooja (48 Yede)
(Monday or Friday only)
Ranga Pooja (120 Yede)
(Monday or Friday only)

Dharmasthala to Kukke Subramanya Distance 64.5 km

Places to Visit near Dharmasthala
Dharmasthala Accommodation
Dharmasthala Nature Cure

Dharmasthala temple address

Padmashri Dr. Veerendra Heggade
Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatha Temple
Dharmasthala – 574 216
Karnataka, INDIA
Tele Phone: +91 8256 317141, 317121
Enquiry: +91 8256 317123


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