Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatha swamy Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Sri Manjunatha Swamy
  • Sri Ganapathi
  • Chandranatha swamy
  • Bahubali statue

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Temple History :

Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple is an 800-year-old Temple in the temple town of Dharmasthala in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, India. The deities of the temple are Lord Shiva, who is referred to as Sri Manjunatha, Ammavaru, The Tirthankara Chandraprabha and the protective gods of Jainism, Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswami and Kanyakumari. The temple is considered unique since it belongs to the Shaivism sect of Hinduism. The priests are Shivalli Brahmins, who are Vaishnava, and the administration is run by a Jain Bunt family called the Pergades. Dharmasthala is the most powerful and famous temple in South India. Irrespective of special occasions nearly 25000 devotees make darshan of Sri Manjunatha Swamy. Laksha Deeposthava is the most famous celebration celebrates in Manjunatha Swamy temple. Dharmasthala is known worldwide for its Annadanam, where it is called as Akshayapatra.

According to the history of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha Swamy temple, before 800 years ago, Dharmasthala was known as Kuduma in Mallarmadi, then a village in Belthangady. Here lived the Jain Bunt chieftain Birmanna Pergade and his wife Ammu Ballalthi in a house called Nelliadi Beedu. According to the legend, the guardian angels of Dharma assumed human forms and arrived at Pergade’s abode in search of a place where Dharma was being practiced and could be continued and propagated. As was their habit, the couple hosted these illustrious visitors with all their wherewithal and great respect. Pleased by their sincerity and generosity, that night the Dharma Daivas appeared in the dreams of Pergade. They explained the purpose of their visit to him and instructed him to vacate his house for the worship of the Daivas and dedicate his life to the propagation of Dharma. Asking no questions, the Pergade built himself another house and began worshiping the Divas at Nelliadi Beedu. This worship of devas continues. The Dharma Daivas again appeared before Pergade to build separate shrines to consecrate the four Divas—Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari. Also, Pergade was instructed to choose two persons of noble birth to act as the Divas’ oracles and four worthy persons to assist Pergade in his duties as the executive head of the shrines. In return, the Divas promised Pergade protection for his family, abundance of charity and renowned for the ‘Kshetra’. Pergade, as desired, built the shrines and invited Brahmin priests to perform the rituals. These priests requested Pergade to install a Shivalinga beside the native Divas. The Daivas then sent their vassal Annappa Swamy to procure the linga of Shiva from Kadri Manjunath Temple, near Mangalore. Subsequently, the Manjunatha temple was built around the Shiva Linga.
Family History:

The creator of the Pergade family is Birmanna Pergade and his spouse Ammu Ballalthi. They are the hereditary trustees of the Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple. The eldest member of the Pergade family acts as the Dharma Adhikari or the Chief Administrator. He assumes the title of the Heggade. The feudal lord of the temple town was Heggade who also took the responsibility to solve the criminal and civil disputes of the people.Till this day, the Heggade, who is the eldest living member of the Pergade family, sits each day and solves disputes relating to criminal and civil cases. This is known as Hoyulu. The Pergade family have continued this tradition of assuming the position of Dharma Adhikari since twenty generations. Veerendra Heggade is the present Chief Administrator or Dharma Adhikari.
Code for Darshan:

Devotees entering the Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple must follow the below-mentioned code of conduct before entering the temple premises: Before entering the Sanctum Sanctorum men should remove their shirt and innerwear (above the waist), Ladies cannot enter this temple wearing untraditional dresses. Similarly, men wearing half pants are barred from entering the temple, Children, less than two years of age are not allowed to enter the Sanctum Sanctorum.

Annadana (offering food) is considered as the greatest virtue among Danas(offering Alms). Here at Dharmasthala, the temple committee organizes free food to all its devotees defying all barriers of caste and creed. Annadana at the famous Annapurna dining hall is a unique feature of Dharmasthala, where a simple meal of rice, dal, vegetables and buttermilk is served in the scrupulously clean, airy hall and a friendly environment.The temple also provides protection to the needy – Abhayadana; free medicine – Aushadhadana; promotion of educational facilities – Vidyadana.
Laksha Deepothsava:

Festival of lights and grand illumination celebrated for five days in the month of Kartika (November – December) during this festival, there is cultural activities, Sarva-Dharma & Sahithya Sammelana. There are special seminars are Fine arts on the third day, Religions of the world, on the fourth day, Literature on the fifth day, Special Poojas to Chandranatha Swamy.
Legend of Bahubali:

Bharatha and Bahubali were the sons of the first Jain Theerthankara, King of Rishabha. After is reign he gave Bharatha, his elder son, Ayodhya to rule. To Bahubali he gave Podanapura. Bharata then acquired the celestial spinning Chakra Ratna, that empowered him to conquer the world.With his chakra, Bharata conquered many kingdoms and achieved total sovereignty over them then he set to conquer his brother Bahubali’s Podanapura. On requesting Bahubali to accept his supremacy, Bahubali refused, thus infuriating Bharatha.To avoid a bloody war, the two brothers fought each other hand to hand. Bahubali vanquished his arrogant and acquainting brother and would have killed him when realization dawned on him. This realization brought disillusionment with the world of lust and greed. Bahubali renounced the world and handed over his kingdom to Bharatha.He assumed the role of Digambara to begin penance naked and standing until he gained enlightenment. This symbolizes total detachment from the material world owing only to service the mankind.
Dharmadhikari- Sri Veerendra Heggade:

DR.Veerendra Heggade is the 21st Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala. Born to Rathnamma and Ratnavarma Heggade on November 25, 1948. Being the eldest son, he had t take up the mantle of Heggade ship at the age of 20 on October 24, 1968. He promoted the carving and installation of the Bahubali statue at Dharmastala. Under his guidance and able initiatives, “Grameenaa Abhivruddhi Yojane” means “Village Welfare Programs have helped numerous farmers with agricultural credit, technical training, health and hygiene programs, and women empowerment. Mr. Veerendra Heggade was awarded honorary doctorates from Mangalore University, Gulbarga University, and Karnataka University. He has also conferred the “Padma Bhushan” award instituted by the Government of India from President K R Narayanan in 2000 for social service.

Festivals :

  • Ganesh Chaturthi
  • Navarathri
  • Deepavali
  • Lakshadeeposthavam
  • Maha Shivarathri
  • Annual Jathre
  • Hattanavadhi Jatara

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Abhishekam – 08:30 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Archana – 08:30 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Thulabhara Seva – 07:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • darshan – 06:15 AM
  • Shatharudrabhisheka & Pooja – 08:30 AM
  • Shiva Sahasranamavali – 10:45 AM
  • Maha Naivedya Samarpana – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Mahapooja – 12:00 PM
  • Nithyabali – 12:10 PM
  • Temple Closes for Darshan – 02:00 PM
  • Temple opens for Darshan – 05:00 PM
  • Temple Closes for Darshan – 08:30 PM —
  • Shatha Rudrabhisheka – Rs 350.00
  • Pavamanabhisheka – Rs 350.00
  • Flower Pooja – Rs 300.00
  • Panchamruthabhisheka – Rs 300.00
  • Kunkumarchana – Rs 100.00
  • Karpooraharathi – Rs 2.00
  • Silver Palaki Uthsava – Rs 6000.00
  • Silver Chariot Uthsava – Rs 4000.00
  • Silver Palaki Uthsava & Silver Chariot Uthsava – Rs 9000.00
  • Gold Palaki Uthsava Gold Palaki Uthsava – Rs 16000.00
  • Silver Chariot Uthsava Silver Nandi Lalaki, Deepothsava – Rs 18500.00
  • Silver pallaki, Deepothsava – Rs 10000.00
  • Ranga Pooja (24 Yede) (Monday or Friday only) – Rs 9500.00
  • Ranga Pooja – Rs 17000.00 (Monday or Friday only)
  • Sri Prasada – Rs 50.00
  • Theertha Bottle – Rs 15.00
  • Bilva Pathrarchana – Rs 10.00
  • Karpooraharathi – Rs 2.00
  • Panchamruthabhsheka with Ekadasha Rudrabhisheka Brahmadaya, Bramharpana – Rs 150.00
  • Panchamruthabhisheka – Rs 100.00
  • Appa Naivedya – Rs 20.00
  • Panchakajjaya – Rs 20.00
  • Karpoora harathi – Rs 2.00

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  • Kadri Sri Manjunatha temple – Dakshin kannad district – 72.00 km
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  • Udupi Sri Krishna Temple – Mangalore – 101.00 km
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  • Haranhalli Sri Someshwara Temple – Hassan district – 146.00 km
  • Haranhalli Sri Lakshmi Narasimha and ChennaKesava Swamy Temple – Hassan district – 146.00 km
  • Bhagamandala Sri Bhagandeswara Temple – Kodagu district – 149.00 km
  • Arasikere Iswara temple – Hassan district – 156.00 km
  • Amrutapura Amruteswara Temple – Chikkamagaluru district – 157.00 km
  • Hullekere Chennakesava Temple – Hassan district – 159.00 km
  • Yadapura Jenukal Siddeshwara Swamy Temple – Hassan district – 162.00 km
  • Kollur Sri Mookambika Temple – Udupi district – 168.00 km
  • Nuggehalli Sadasiva Temple – Hassan district – 168.00 km
  • shravanabelagola Sri Gomateshwara temple – Hassan district – 169.00 km
  • Nuggehalli Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple – Hassan district – 169.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Dharmasthala – 1.00 km
  • Uppinangadi – 36.00 km
  • Mudigere – 64.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • kabaka Puttur Railway station – 47.00 km
  • Yedamangala – 45.00 km
  • Bantwal – 50.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Kempegowda International Airport,Bangalore – 319.00 km

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