Shri Manjunatheshwara Swamy Temple, Dharmasthala, Karnataka

Dharmasthala is a Temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka. Its a very popular pilgrimage center for many Hindus & Jains. Dharmasthala is located on the banks of River Netravathi & surrounded by thick forest. This place is know for the very famous Shri Manjunatheshwara Temple which houses the shrine of Lord Shiva. The Temple & the whole of Dharmasthala & Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara (SDM) Trust, is administered by the Jain community & presently its headed by Dharmadhikari, Padmabhushan Dr. Veerendra Heggade.

This Temple, originally the house of a couple who were the followers of Lord Shiva has a history of 800 yrs. A lot of pilgrims visit this Temple every day. The accommodation for the pilgrims at a very reasonable rates is done by the Temple trust. A free prasada every day in the afternoon & night is provided for all visitors. One can also meet & get the blessings of Dr. Veerendra Heggade. The SDM trust runs many schools & professional course colleges in coastal & northern Karnataka. The SDM trust runs, Medical, Dental, Engineering & PU colleges in the educational city of Dharwad. It also has lot of colleges in Mangalore & other parts of Dakshin Kannada.

How to reach:
By Road:
Dharmasthala is around 70km from Mangalore & its around 20km inside from the National Highway number 48 (NH48 - Bangalore - Mangalore Highway)
From Bengaluru: Its around 300 km
Route: Bengaluru --NH4--> Nelmangala --NH48--> Kunigal --NH48--> Channarayapattna --NH48--> Hassan --NH48--> Sakleshpura --NH48--> Gundya --NH48--> Dharmasthala Cross --SH37--> Dharmasthala
From Hubballi: Its around 380 km
Route: Hubballi --NH4--> Haveri --NH4--> Ranebennur --SH25/26--> Honnali --SH25--> Shivamogga --SH57--> Tarikere --SH57--> Chikkamagalur --SH84--> Mudigere --> Charmadi --> Ujire -->Dharmasthala

By Bus: There are a lot of KSRTC/NWRTC/NERTC buses from all over Karnataka & also from other major cities of other states to Dharmasthala.
By Train: Convenient place to come by train is to reach Mangalore & then take a bus from Mangalore to Dharmasthala. Mangalore is connected by train from different places like Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Cochin, Trivandrum, ...

Places of Interest in & around Dharmasthala:
Within Dharmasthala:
* Shri Munjanatheshwara Temple
* The Gomateshwara Statue
* Chandranatha Basadi
* Vintage car museum
* Manjusha vastu sangrahalaya

Around Dharmasthala:
* Kukke Subramanya (60km)
* Mangalore (70 km) : Beach, port, temples, shopping
* Udupi Shri Krishna Temple (100 km)
* Kalasa, Horanadu - Annapoorneshwari Temple (90km)
* Kudremukha National Park (90 km)

* Sakheta Guest House:  Its inside Dharmathala (1-2 km from Temple) & has all kind of rooms, family large, small, single, ...
* Netravati Guest House: Its walkable distance from the Temple, its mainly for the VIPs, only available on reservation/booking
* Gayathri Guest House: Old one, but at a walkable distance to the Temple
* Vaishali Guest House : Old one
* Gangothri Guest House: Inside Dharmasthala
* Rajatadhri Guest House: Its a very new one, rooms are too good, but its little far from the Temple (2-3 km), its, just next to the KSRTC Bust stand, which is outside Dharmasthala.

Karthika Somavara:

Karthika Somavara which usually happens to be in end of November or beginning December of the calendar year or the Karthika masa of Hindu calendar. Mondays in this period is observed as Karthika Somavara (Karthika Somavaram). Its an auspicious day dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. In Dharmasthala there will be a special pooja & big fair with all the light decorations to the Temple & the whole of Dharmasthala town, also called Laksha Deepotsava (Million lights). Its a 5 day event. Below is the picture taken during Karthika Masa.

Festival of light at Dharmasthala - Laksha Deepotsava at Dharmasthala

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