Manjunadha Swamy Temple, Dharmasthala, Karnataka.  

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Dharmasthala :

The place Dharmasthala is in Belthangady taluk of South kanara district of Karnataka. The temple is about 800 years old. Parama Poojya Sree Dr. Veerandra Heggade is Dharmathikari of Sree kshetra Dharmashala.

History says 800 years ago Dharmasthala was known as Kuduma in Mallarmadi, then a village in Belthangady. Here lived a Jain Chieftain Birmanna Pergade and his wife Ammu Bellathi in a house called Nelliadi Beedu. Pergade couple was well known for their Simplicity, Affection, Generosity and Hospitality.

As per the Legend, when “Dharma Deiva’s” came in the form of human being, in search of a place where Dharma was practiced. “He” arrived at Pergade’s house Nelliadi Beedu.Pergade couple hosted the visitor who came to their place with great respect. Dharma Devia’s were pleased with their hospitality.

In the night Pergade’s dream the Dharma Daivas appeared and explained the reason for the visit to his house. They asked him to vacate the house for worship of Dharma Daivas and to dedicate himself for propagation of Dharma.

Pregade built a house for himself and started worshipping Dharma Deivas at Nelliadi Beedu. Once again they appeared before Pergade and asked him to construct separate shrines for four Deivas, “Kalaraghu, Kalarakayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari.” He was asked to appoint Brahmin priest to perform pooja and pergade to perform his duties as Executive head of the shrine.

In turn the “Deivas” promised to protect Pergade’s family and abundance charity for the renowned fame for the Kshetra.

Pregade constructed shrines for Deivas and invited priests to do the rituals. The priests requested him to install a Siva Linga beside the Daivas. “Annappa Swamy was sent by Dharma Deivas to procure Siva Linga from Kadiri near Manglore. Siva Linga was installed and named as Manjunadha Swamy.”

Manjunadha Swamy temple of Dharmasthala.

Main deity is Siva lingam known as Manjunadha Swamy. The Siva Lingam is gold. Goddess here in the temple is Parvathy known as Ammavaru.

As we enter we see Maha Ganapathy and proceed further to main sanctum of Manjunadha Swamy. There is a small mandapam in which we have darshan of Nandi. We next come to sanctum of Annappa swamy. As we go around the temple after having darshan of Manjunadhar, we see a sanctum for Annappa panjurlia local god.

There is a small sanctum for Maha Ganapathy and Ammavaru.
The day we went Ammavaru was decorated with Gold saree.

There is a silver chariot for the temple.

We see a pushkarani a little away from the temple

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