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Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala
Dharmasthala as a Tourist place

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Site Map of Temple area is as follows:
Karnataka Temples: Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple
1. Shri Manjunatheshwara Temple
2. Residence of Shri Veerendra Heggade-Dharmadhikari
3. Temple offices
4. Annapoorna Bhojana shala
5. Pushpa vatika
6. Manjusha-a museum
7. Cultural Hall - Vasantha Mahal
8. 'Netravathi'-Guest House
9. 'Vaishali'- Guest House
10. 'Sharavathi' - Guest House
11. 'Gangothri' - Guest House
12. Vintage cars museum
13. Nelyadi beedu
14. Main Store house
15. Shri Chandranatha Basadi
16. 'Gayathri' - Guest House
17. Dharma Shala - Ganga, Kaveri, Narmada
18. Bus Stop
19. Rathnagiri Hill - Bahubali Statue
20. Annappa Betta
21. Main entrance of Dharmasthala

Shri Dharmasthala, which is one of the sacred places in South India, is well known to all pious people. It is situated in the village of Dharmasthala, in Belthangady Taluk of South Kanara District in Karnataka State. On the Mangalore-Charmady Road 40 miles from Mangalore and 20 miles from Charmady lies a place called Ujire. From Ujire a road branches off to Shree Dharmasthala 5 miles away. Pilgrims from Mysore could reach this place by one of four roadways, through Moodigere down the Charmady ghat road, or from Kundapur along Udupi - Karkala Road or from Sakaleshpur down the Shiradi ghat road via Uppinangady to Ujire. From Coorg the access is via Puttur and Uppinangady. Four and half miles from Ujire flows the Nethravathi River, being born on the crest of Kudremukh hill of Western ghat range flows through Uppinangady and Panemangalore to join the sea at Mangalore.

Pilgrims to Shree Dharmasthala bath at this river on the way before proceeding to this sacred place because its water is used for 'thirtha' (holy water) at Shree Dharmasthala. The sacred place is one and half miles distant south of this river and is girt by similar rivulets on its other three sides. The population of this village is nearly 6,000 according to the recent census figures. The percentage of literacy is more than 55. The climate of this place is hot in summer and pleasantly warm during the rainy season. The sacred place has picturesque fringe of hills, fields and areca and coconut gardens and not far away there is enchanting woodland scenery. Hills like Jayakeerti Betta or Shivarathri Betta and Badinede Betta lie very near the temple itself.

Places to visit in Dharmasthala :
Main Temple

Main Entrance of the Dharmasthala Temple Dharmasthala as a holy Kshetra attracts Jains, Hindus, Christians and Muslims too, who come there for amelioration of their ailments in some form or other. The main deity of the temple is Lord Shri Manjunatha Swamy (another form of Lord Shiva). Dharmasthala has a legendary relationship with Kadri Manjunatha temple of Mangalore. About 5 centuries ago the guardian angels of Dharmasthala were said to have blessed a Jain family. They built shrines and installed images of Dharma Daivas. Tradition says that Dharma Daivas sent a vassal Annappa for the purpose of bringing the Linga (idol) from Kadri. The Annappa Shrine faces the Linga of Manjunatha in Dharmasthala. Lord Manjunatha symbolizes the close inter relationship of mythology, religion and scholarship in India. The Annual festival of 'Deepotsava' is held in November or December. The important feature of which is lighting of innumerable lights in the large space around the temple. Dharmasthala is also famous for its Chair of Justice. The Judge is called Dharmadhikari.

There are also other shrines belonging to four Dharma Daivas - Kalarahu, Kalarkai, Kumaraswamy and Kannyakumari nearby main temple. Goddess Ammanavaru and Lord Mahaganapathi shrines lies in inner circle of the main sanctum.

Badinede Betta
This hill is also called as Annappa Betta. His Shrine and dwelling place of four Dharma Daivas situated on this hill.
Kuduma - Nelyadi Beedu- Shri Chandranatha Basadi.
What they call Dharmasthala was known as 'Kuduma' before in Mallarmadi village, Kodu-ma the place where Charity is predominant. About five centuries ago there lived a Jain family of Ammudevi Ballalthi with her husband Birmanna Pergade in the residence called Nelyadi Beedu. They were very charitable. Nearby there was Shri Chandranatha Swamy Basadi, which is still there, that was founded and worshipped by Nelyadi family. Here, in this place only the four Dharma Daivas visited Jain family.

Rathnagiri Betta - Bhaghavan Bahubali Statue
A Monolithic statue of Bhagavan Bahubali situated on the hill called Rathnagiri Betta. This is a monolithic statue weighing almost 200 tons and measuring 52 feet long and 14 feet wide.

History of installation of Bahubali Statue:
Under the guidelines of Shri Rathnavarma Heggade, famous sculpture Shri Renjala Gopala Shenoy of Karkala started to sculpt the statue in 1967 and finished in 1970 in Karkala. But the question arises of transportation of this huge statue from Karkala to Dharmasthala and installation on hilltop. Mangatram brothers, transport contractors of Bombay, constructed a special trolley with 64 wheels for this purpose. Engines of more than250 H.P. were used to haul the trolley. Temporary bridges were constructed with the help of the Railway Department over the rivers on the way. The trolley with the statue started from Karkala on 27-2-1973 and reached Dharmasthala on 19-3-1973. People celebrated the events as a great cultural show and moved with trolley in thousands. Later, Hindustan Construction Company of Bombay after preliminary preparation of almost a month installed the statue on its pedestal on 25-12-1975. With the help of steel pillars and cribs, after packing the statue in a case, it was lifted slowly from side of the head and finally kept on the pedestal where it stands now.

Manjusha - a museum:
Commencement of Manjusha - a museum in Dharmasthala is another landmark in protection of culture. Here in this museum lie great ancient works of arts, beautifully crafted stone, metallic statues, paintings etc.

Vintage Car Museum:
Collection of vintage value items is one of the model hobbies of present Dharmadhikari- Sri Veerendra Heggade. Since many years they added old horse chariots, invaluable rare vintage cars etc into the collection. We may call this as the study place for history of transportation. Each and every car has been kept in extreme care and good running condition.

Postal Address:
Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatha temple
Dharmasthala - 574 216
Belthangady Taluk
South Kanara District
Karnataka State - INDIA

Telephone: 08256-317121, 08256-317123, 08256-317124, 08256-317141

** Guest House facility for visitors from remote places available on economical rate.

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Compiled by
Vishweshwara Rao M, Mangalore

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