Shri Dharmasthala Temple of Karnataka

Shri Dharmasthala Temple is one of the most visited temples of Karnataka.

Dharmasthala Manjunathaswaamy TempleDharmasthala Manjunathaswaamy Temple

Located on the banks of Nethravathi River, in the village of Dharmasthala, in Belthangady Taluk of South Kanara Distict of Karnataka, and 62 kms east of Mangalore, Sri Dharmasthala temple is very popular among devotees.

The main deity of this temple is Shri Manjunatha Swamy, a form of Lord Shiva. This temple attracts Jains, Hindus, Christians, Muslims to get rid of their various ailments. Dharmasthala is an outstanding example of religious tolerance, as it welcomes worshippers of all religions. The priests are Vaishnavite Brahmins and the guardian of the temple is Heggade, a Jain by faith – altogether forming a confluence of faiths that harmonize in belief of the Omnipotent.

The other main deities in the inner circle of the main sanctum are Goddess Ammanavaru (Parvathi) and Lord Mahaganapathi. Other shrines near the main temple are Kalarahu, Kalarkai, Kumaraswamy, and Kanyakumari.  Like other temples of India, photography is not allowed here inside the temple. 

Other places around Shri Dharmasthala Temple to visit

a. Monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali on the Rathnagiri Hill near Dharmasthala.

b. Manjusha Museum where beautifully crafted art work, metallic statues and paintings are displayed.

c. Car Museum where rare vintage cars are exhibited.

d. Yakshagana dance Training center

e. Hill Resort Center of Yoga and a Natural Cure Hospital on the bank of River Nethravathi

f. Lalithodyana garden

g. Aquarium

h. Kukke Subrahmanya, is around 60 Kms from Dharmasthala

i. Udupi Sri Krishna Temple, Udupi.

Festivals of Shri Dharmasthala Temple

  • In April - 9-day festival (Annual Jathre)
  • During Shivaratri - Car Festival 
  • During Ganesha Festival - Ganesha Chowthi
  • Mahamasthakaabhisheka to 39 ft monolith of Bhagawan Bahubali
  • During Navarathri and Deepavali - Special poojas
  • Deeposthva - Grand illumination celebrated for five days in the month of Kartika (November - December)

The pilgrims are offered free food and lodging. Dharmasthala kitchen is one of the best in the world, with newer technologies. Dharmasthala is also famous for its Chair of Justice.

Accommodation around the Shri Dharmasthala Temple

There are several guest houses available in Dharmasthala. 

Distance from Bangalore - 325 km Udupi - 100 km Udupi - 70 km

Road map to Shri Dharmasthala Temple

From Bangalore to Dharmasthala via Nelamangala, Kunigal, Hassan, Sakaleshpura. (via National Highway-48)

Postal address of the Shri Dharmasthala Temple

Postal Address: Shri Manjunathaswamy Temple Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Belthangady Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District Karnataka State - INDIA Pin code: - 574 216

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