Dharmasthala Tourism
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Dharmasthala Tourism

Dharmasthala Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
Nestled on the bank of the River Nethravathi and set amidst the hills and forest of Malnad in Karnataka, Dharmasthala is known for the temple of Sri Manjunathaswamy, devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple housing a golden lingam attracts pilgrims irrespective of their cast and creed.

Charity is the essence of Dharmasthala, which is forwarded to all. Sri Dharmasthala is one of the major centres of pilgrims. The site is located in Dharmasthala village in the Beltangady Taluk of South Kanara district, which is 75 km from Mangalore.

Originally known as Kuduma, Dharmasthala nurtures a history of over 800 years. According to myth, angels in guise of men came to the house of Barmana Heggade. Convinced with the generosity of Heggade and his family, the angels came in their dreams, promising to reside at Kuduma.

To fulfil the wish of the angels, Barmana built shrines for Kalarkai, Kalarahu, Kanyaumari and Kumarswamy. Afterwards Heggade constructed the Manjunatha Swamy temple in Dharmasthala and placed the Shivalingam, brought by Annappa Swamy, a representative of the angels. Soon, Kuduma became Dharmasthala and lately it has emerged as a city, dotted with buildings, tourist bungalows and a number of temples.

Dharmasthala experiences a footfall of about 10,000 pilgrims every day. Free food or ‘Anna Daana’ is offered to thousands of devotees. With the aid of modern machinery, food is produced in the temple all round the day. There is no distinction among wealthy and poor in case of Anna Daana.
   
Education is the focal point of interest in Dharmasthala, where the SDMCET Society run by the Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala, operates 25 educational institutions, which range from Gurukula to teach Sanskrit and yoga to primary schools, and professional courses in Medicine, Engineering and Dental sciences.

Free mass weddings are also conducted in Dharmasthala, which were initiated in 1972. The expenditure involved in the whole wedding is carried by the Kshetra. In the heath care domain, medical services are also provided to the local villages. Shri Heggade has also established a mobile hospital, which offers medical facilities in remote areas of Malnad.

The major attraction of Dharmasthala - Manjunatha Temple was built by Sri Devaraja Heggade in the 16th century. The architecture of the temple belongs to the age-old Sapta-Konkana region. The original temple was built from clay, wood and laterite.

The mukha man-dap or the pavilion in front of the temple is supported by wooden pillars. The entrance, which is a three-storied structure, features sloping roofs, admired by Kalases. The premise of the temple is decorated with around 100,000 oil lamps, during the Laksha Deepotsava festival.

The museum of Dharmasthala treasures some antique objects like ancient paintings and manuscripts. The car museum of the place showcases some collections of vintage cars.

Dharmasthala is also known for communal harmony along with religious tolerance. The ‘Sarva Dharma Sammelan’ takes place every year in Dharmasthala, in which a number of spiritual leaders participate. The town is also known for housing eight Jain Basadis and an 11 metre high statue of Bahubali.

The major temples of Dharmasthala are Shri Manjunatheshwara, Shri Ammanavaru, Four Dharma Daivas and Shrine of Shri Chandranatha Swamy. The other popular destinations are Manjusha vastu sangrahalaya (museum), Vasantha Mahal, Pushpa vatika and Vintage car museum.

The nearby attractions of Dharmasthala are Kukke Subrahmanya, which is around 60 kms from Dharmasthala, Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple at Kateel near Mangalore, Udupi Sri Krishna Temple in Udupi) and Horanaadu Annapoorneshwari Temple in the Chikamagalur District.


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Ajay Pushkaran
  • Ajay Pushkaran
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews

"Just great."

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jan 1, 2014
It was the first time I visited using my own car. No words to express my joy. The roads were too smooth to zoom at 120km/h! It was thrilling for me personally.

As it was a religious trip, I feel blessed for having made the adventure. Unbelievable it went smooth. Looking forward for more such trips.
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Nagesh n pulavarthi
  • Nagesh n pulavarthi
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"Best food in the Temple"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 28, 2013
Temple and surroundings are clean, Temple staff are friendly. I could not eat the temple food as I have to rush to Kukke-Subramanya. Based on the food quality I had at Kukke-Subramanya, my personal suggestion is enjoy ur meal only at Temple. Cleanliness is low in private hotels. People in general are friendly.
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Keerthi kumar D
  • Keerthi kumar D
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"Good to be there"

  • Posted Sep 2, 2013
This was a really good holiday and was quite good. But no restaurants, good connectivity.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Temple, museum, river

Activities & things to do: Visit temple, take netravathi river bath, visit bahubali

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: 250km from Bangalore. Lots of buses available.6 hr journey
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Lokesh babu Mateti
  • Lokesh babu Mateti
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  • 2 Reviews

"It is a devine destination..."

  • Posted Aug 29, 2013
It is a devine destination and during the month of june to august the travel to this destination will be much more entertaining due to the greenary and the self made falls on the way to this destination.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: I prefred the food served in the temple

Activities & things to do: Take bath in sharavathi river, visit temple for geting the blessings of lord shiva and dont miss the prasadam offered in the temple.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Dont drink while driving and as you are travelling to a heritage please avoid Non veg and drinks.
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Badri Patra
  • Badri Patra
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Manjunath Temple"

  • Posted Aug 14, 2013
This Place is famous in South Karnataka. The temple is a small temple but very good. Also one can visit Arnna purneswari temple in Hornadu, 2 or 3 hours from Dharmastala. The main thing we liked is the scenic beauty of Hornadu and Dharmastala.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The prasadam they give in the temple is superb.
The devotees should have their lunch in the Temple only. It is very tasty.
There is nothing much for shopping.

Activities & things to do: No activities to do.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We have travelled from Bangalore to Hornadu on Friday morning at 7 by own vehicle. The road is good except in Charmadi ghatt. In Ghatt section the roads are narrow. So one should be very careful.Then visited the Arnnapurneswari temple in Hornadu. Then started for Dharmastala. Reached in Dharmastala around 10 in night. The natural beauty of Hornadu is Awesome. If you are a nature lover then you will like so much this places. Saturday morning visited Manjunathswamy temple. It took hardly 1 hour. We entered the temple around 10 and at 11 we came out. From 11 to 12 the temple closes. Then Returned back to Bangalore. We could not go to Kukke subramanya because of our vehicle problem. One can go to Kukke from Dharmastala then back to Bangalore. If you have one more day time then you can plan for Shrengeri and Uduppi also.
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Bheema  Rao
  • Bheema Rao
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Dharmasthala was awesome as always..."

  • Posted Jun 28, 2013
Dharmasthala was awesome as always :)
The place inspite of great humidity,will provoke you to visit ,because of Manjunatha swamy :)

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Dharshanam was good though there was a long queue!!
food at bhojana shaale was good.After taking rest,we did roam about stalls in the premises. Nethravathi river is getting bad ,day by day :(
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Sreeji Nair
  • Sreeji Nair
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"Temple anna.."

  • Posted Jun 21, 2013
Don't miss the free lunch from temple.. Awesome.. That tastes like anything.. My personal opinion, for lunch don't go any hotels.. you will get enough food from temple only.. some times you will have to wait in queue for little time..

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: good

Activities & things to do: no specific

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: by bus
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Sreeji Nair
  • Sreeji Nair
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"Dharmasthala"

  • Posted Jun 14, 2013
Is good and worth going. Apart from a temple there is a archaeological museum and Car museum, its awesome.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: good

Activities & things to do: No activities

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: If from Bangalore, lot of KSRTC starting from majestic-over night journey. If you have more time after seeing all, Prefer Kukke Subrahmanya/ Murudeswara/ Kollur. Coorg also not too far from there.
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Man Ju
  • Man Ju
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"good place"

  • Posted May 29, 2013
It is a good place to visit. After visting the main temple, there are many things to visit here.The weather here is just awesome.On the way to this place the ghat section is good to watch.Many temples around there to visit like kukke subramanya.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: It is a good place to visit. After visting the main temple, there are many things to visit here.The weather here is just awesome.On the way to this place the ghat section is good to watch.Many temples around there to visit like kukke subramanya.

Activities & things to do: It is a good place to visit. After visting the main temple, there are many things to visit here.The weather here is just awesome.On the way to this place the ghat section is good to watch.Many temples around there to visit like kukke subramanya.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It is a good place to visit. After visting the main temple, there are many things to visit here.The weather here is just awesome.On the way to this place the ghat section is good to watch.Many temples around there to visit like kukke subramanya.
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Suhas Prasanna kumar
  • Suhas Prasanna kumar
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"Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara"

  • Posted May 25, 2013
Good place. Humid climate. Can find various classes of accomodation. Distance from the accomodation is the matter concern. There has been improvement consistently since a decade. Good management by the temple authorities.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Anna Dosaha at the Devasthana is more than enough for a hungry stomach!

Activities & things to do: Devotional mind do not need any activities

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: There are many more places which can be covered around the place. Google maadi and plan it well to cover the places.
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