Timings - Opening & Closing:
Monday - Friday: 5.00 AM - 7.00 PM ,
Saturday: 5.00 AM - 7.00 PM ,
Sunday: 5.00 AM - 7.00 PM ,
Public Holidays: 5.00 AM - 7.00 PM
renowned Manjunatha Temples, situated on the banks of the river Nethravathi
attracts followers of all caste and creed; Jains, Hindus, Christians and
Muslims too visit this temple to offer their prayers and ask for their wishes
to be granted.
The main lord of the Manjunatha Temple,
Dharmasthala is the Shri Manjunathaswamy. Regarded as another form of Lord
Shiva, Shri Manjunathaswamy
Temple has a close kinship with the Kadri Manjunatha
Temple of of Mangalore.
It seems that about 5 centuries ago a Jain family
after being blessed by the angels of Dharmasthala, constructed temples and
installed the 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.
The four Dharma Daivas - Kalarahu, Kalarkai,
Kumaraswamy and Kannyakumari are represented in shrine forms near the main
Annual festival of 'Deepotsava' is held in November or December. A unique
feature of this temple is the fact that it has a Jain administration while all
the rituals are performed by Hindu priests. The Shri Manjunathaswamy
Temple attracts around
10,000 pilgrims every day and the temple kitchen offers free food to all and
there are guest houses for the people to stay.