Thursday, 2 April 2020

Dharmashtala






Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple, Dharmasthala

Not very far Mangalore is Dharmasthala, a temple town on the banks of the river Nethravati, in Belthangady taluk of South Kanara district. The town is famous for its Dharmastala temple which house the shrine of Shiva, Manjunatha, Ammanavaru, Chandranath and the Dharma Daivas (guardian spirit of Dharma) – Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari....

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Mangalore is known for the many ancient temples in and around the city. There are some prominent old temples on the outskirts of Mangalore – Kateel, Dharmasthala, Subbramanya, Bappanadu and other temples. These are like pilgrimage centres for devotees coming from far. Devotees throng these temples with great hope and prayer. And the gods bless them too. This reaffirms the faith of the devotees to visit these temples with their families from time to time, to thank the gods or pray to help them or seek divine help to solve some unforeseen problems. Visitors and tourists visiting Mangalore make it a point to visit these temples and fulfill their wishes. It’s an experience in itself, a spiritual journey and a mental satisfaction.


Not very far Mangalore is Dharmasthala, a temple town on the banks of the river Nethravathi, in Belthangady taluk of South Kanara district. The town is famous for its Dharmastala temple which house the shrine of Shiva, Manjunatha, Ammanavaru, Chandranath and the Dharma Daivas (guardian spirit of Dharma) – Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari.

Dharmasthala is a town in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka. The centuries-old Sri Manjunatha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a place of Hindu pilgrimage known for its large statue of the revered figure Bahubali. The temple is run by a Jain administration and the pooja’s are conducted by Hindu priests of the Madava order. Dharmastala represents religious tolerance. A Jain Tirthankara is worshipped besides Daivas and Lord Manjunath. The priests are Vaishnavite Brahmins and the guardian of the temple, a Heggade (Jain). Many ardent devotees come here to settle family, property and other disputes. Heggade dispenses judgement that are said to represent the will of the diety; and the decisions are strictly adhered to without malice.


Sri Manjunatheshwara Cultural and Research foundation, started by the Temple committee, is engaged in preserving ancient manuscripts and paintings. A museum of antique objects has been established called Manjusha Museum. The Manjusha Museum's rare collection include manuscripts and early wooden chariots. Nearby, the Car Museum features vintage automobiles, including a 1920s Studebaker used by Mahatma Gandhi.

Traditional folk arts like Yakshagana and ethnic crafts like Navalgund carpets and Kasturi embroidery are revived by Dr. Heggade. Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Dharmothana Trust is engaged in renovation of temples across Karnataka and every year, a Sarva Dharma Sammelana  (multi-religious meet) is held at Dharmasthala, where spiritual leaders from various faiths and schools participate.

The temple management run educational institutions and are also involved in social and charitable activities. 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, Hassan, Mysore 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 and Sanskrit in addition to the basic school curriculum. The specialty of this institution is its endeavor to teach values based on Indian culture.

Lakshadeepa, the festival of lights is the annual festival of lights, is the annual festival of Dharmastala in the month of November-December. On an average over ten thousand people a day participate in the celebrations. A mechanised kitchen provides free hygienic, hot and tasty meal as prasad for all pilgrims. There are guest houses with modern amenities for devotees coming from outside.

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 is about 39 feet (12 m) high with a pedestal of 13 feet and weighs about 175 tonnes. This is one of the five stone statues of Bahubali in Karnataka.

Many devotees on fulfillment of their wishes, donate in cash and kind, like jewellery, foodgrains, vegetables, pulses, eatables and other agriculture produce which helps in providing free meals to all the devotees visiting the temple daily from far and wide.

Local legend says that the Shiva Linga in Dharmasthala was brought to Dharmasthala by a local man with great powers, named Annappa. As per the legend,  he used to work for the Heggade family. Once when the Heggade wanted to worship Lord Shiva, Annappa had assured him to get a linga and, vanished from his sight. The next morning, he had already established the linga in Dharmasthala, a few metres away from Heggade's house. Later it was learned that the linga was from Kadri temple  in Mangalore. By then, Annappa had vanished forever and he was never again seen in the vicinity. Now people in Dharmasthala worship Annappa as Annappa Panjurli, a local deva and a heroic figure.

Around eight years ago, Dharmasthala was known as Kuduma in Mallarmadi,  then a village in Belthangady. And here lived the Jain chieftain Birmanna Pergade and his wife Ammu Ballathi in a house called Nelliadi Beedu. Pergade and the local chieftains built several shrines and invited Brahmin priests to perform the rituals. These priests requested Pergade to install a Shiva linga beside the native Daivas. The Daivas then sent Annappa Swamy to procure the linga of Lord Manjunatheshwara from Kadri, in Mangalore. Subsequently, the Manjunatha temple was built around the linga.

Around the 16th century, Shri Devaraja Heggade invited Shri Vadiraja Swami of Udupi to visit the place. The swamiji gladly came but refused to accept bhiksha (food offering) because the idol of Lord Manjunatha had not been consecrated according to the vedic rites. Shri Heggade then requested the Swamiji to reconsecrate the Shiva linga himself. Pleased by the observance of the vedic rites and Heggade's charity to all, the Swamiji named the place Dharmasthala, the abode of religion and charity. Thus, the roots of charity and religious tolerance established by the Pergades 800 years ago have been nurtured and strengthened by 21 generations of the Heggade family of Tulu lineage (Heggade being a derivative from Tulu word Pergade). Today's Dharmasthala showcases this tradition, the fruit of this selfless dedication generation after generation.

Prominent historian Dr. Padoor Gururaj Bhat in his book Thulunadu in a chapter (page no 88 to 96),  has recorded the true history of Dharmasthala temple and its management. According to him, Britishers handed over the management of this temple from Sthanik brahmins to Kumara Heggade who supported the British against Tippu Sultan. Then the name of this place was Kuduma. And Heggades managed this temple only after around 1795; not 800 years as claimed by Heggade family.

The present head of Dharmasthala, Padma Vibhushan Dr D Veerendra Heggade, the 21st in succession to the Dharmadhikari Peetha, has launched several socio-economic programmes such as free mass weddings which were started in 1973. Dharmasthala is among the few pilgrim centers in India that provides boarding and lodging to all the visiting devotees at a minimum cost.

Dharmasthala is well connected by road. State-owned KSRTC and private transporters provide bus service from several centers of Karnataka. Mangalore Railway Station is the nearest railway junction to Dharmasthala, situated at a distance of about 74 km. The railway station is well connected to all the major cities and towns in India. Travellers can hire taxis/cabs or take buses to reach Dharmasthala from Mangalore. Devotees should try to reach as early as possible in the morning to avoid the crowd and heat and be at the right time to partake the delicious free meal as the prasad. A clean and well laid out dinning area can serve meals to a large number of devotees.

Also read:      Mangaladevi Temple, Mangalore

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