Dharmasthala is a temple town on the banks of the river Nethravathi in Belthangady Taluk, Karnataka. It represents religious tolerance wherein caste, creed and faith of pilgrims are no bars.For here, the Jain Theerthankara is worshipped on the same consecrated grounds as the native Daivas and Lord Manjunatha (Lord Shiva). The priests are Vaishnavite Brahmins and the guardian of the temple is Heggade, a Jain by faith. Dharmasthala is an abode where succor, solace and hope abound in the serenity of the temple and in the pre hostelries that provide food and shelter.
Local legend says that the Shiva Linga was brought to Dharmasthala by a local person with great powers, named Annappa. Legend is that he used to work for the Heggade family. Once when the Heggade he was serving wanted to worship Lord Shiva, Annappa had assured him to get one linga and vanished from the 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 near Mangalore, from the Kadri temple. By then, Annappa had vanished and he was never again sighted in the vicinity. Now people in Dharmasthala worship Annappa as Annappa Panjurli, a local god deva and a hero.
800 years ago, Dharmasthala was known as Kuduma (ಕುಡುಮ) in Mallarmadi, then a village in Belthangady (ಬೆಳ್ತಂಗಡಿ). 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 Shivalinga beside the native Daivas. The Daivas then sent their vassal Annappa Swamy to procure the linga of Lord Manjunatheshwara (ಶ್ರೀ ಮಂಜುನಾಥೇಶ್ವರ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ) from Kadri, near Mangalore. Subsequently, the Manjunatha temple was built around the linga.
When To Visit Shri Kshethra
It Normally rains between June to September. Weekdays would be ideal, as there will be large crowd during the weekends
Places To Visit
- Shrine of Lord Manjunatha Swamy
- Shrine of Shri Ammanavaru
- Shrine of Shri Annappa Swamy
- Shrine of Shri Ganapathi
- Shri Chandranatha Swamy Basadi
- Shri Manjunatheshwara Cultural Research Foundation
- Nelyadi Beedu
- Lord Shri Bahubali statue
- Annapoorna Dining Hall
- Manjusha Museum
- Manjusha Car Museum
How to reach Temple town Dharmasthala
Air – From Bajpe International Airport, Mangalore to Dharmasthala -73 Km
Railway– From Mangalore Central or Padil Junction to Dharmasthla – 73 Km
Distance between Bangalore to Dharmasthala is 298 km by Road along with an aerial distance of 240 km.
Dharmasthala is well connected to all important cities of Karnataka and neighbouring states by road.