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Dharmasthala is a popular temple town on the banks of Netravati river, in Belthangady Taluk of South Canara district.
History of Dharmasthala: Dharmasthala Temple originated 8 centuries ago when the divine intervention convinced local village chief Birmanna Pergade to dedicate their life for Dharma (justice). The Pergade Family shifted to another house and began worshipping the gods at their original home-Nelyadi Beedu. Again upon divine intervention, four different Daivas (Gods) were established and trained priests were appointed to perform temple rituals. Upon suggestion from priests a Shiva Linga was obtained from Kadri near Mangaluru and Manjunathaswamy Temple was built around it. Descendents of Pergade family run the temple management till date, with Dr Veerendra Heggade being the current Dharmadhikari (leader)
Reason to visit Dharmasthala
Manjunatha Temple: Visit the Manjunatha Temple to seek blessings from Lord Manjunatha. Temple offers a wide range of pooja and sevas, including Tulabhara (balancing devotee with equal weight of materials such as rice, coconut etc.
Mass Marriages: Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala temple management regularly organizes mass marriages where young couples from financially weaker backgrounds can tie knots and have an affordable marriage with blessings of Lord Manjunatha.
Car Museum: Dozens of vintage cars owned by Dr Veerendra Heggade are exhibited in the car museum, which is a must visit when in Dharmasthala.
Places to visit near Dharmasthala: Kukke Subramanya (55 kms), Moodubidiri (51 kms) and Mangaluru (75 kms) can be visited along with Dharmasthala.
How to reach Dharmasthala:
Dharmasthala is 311 kms from Bengaluru and 75 kms from Mangaluru. Mangaluru is also the nearest airport. Putturu railway station is closest (49 kms). Dharmasthala has good bus service from Mangaluru city.
Places to stay near Dharmasthala: Dharmasthala Temple management runs a guest house which can be booked online. Private lodges and hotels are available near temples.