Kshethra Dharmasthala Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple, Dharmasthala

Dharmasthala Temple (okṣētra Dharmasthala) is an 800-12 months-old[1] spiritual organization within the temple metropolis of Dharmasthala in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, India. The deities of the temple are Shiva, who’s called Mañjunatha, Ammanavaru, the Tirthankara Chandraprabha and the protecting gods of Jainism, Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumarasvami and Kanyakumari. The temple is considered specific because it belongs to the Shaiva sect of Hinduism. The priests are Madhwa Brahmins, who are Vaishnava, and the management is run by a Jain Bunt family called the Pergades.

800 years ago, Dharmasthala turned into referred to as Kuduma in Mallarmadi, then a village in Belthangady. Right here lived the Jain Bunt chieftain Birmanna Pergade and his wife Ammu Ballalthi in a house called Nelliadi Beedu. In line with the legend, the guardian angels of Dharma assumed human forms and arrived at Pergade’s domicile on the lookout for a place wherein Dharma was being practised and will be persisted and propagated. As turned into their habit, the couple hosted those illustrious site visitors with all their wherewithal and extraordinary respect. Pleased with the aid of their sincerity and generosity, that night the Dharma Daivas seemed in the goals of Pergade. They defined the cause of their visit to him and advised him to vacate his house for the worship of the Daivas and commit his lifestyles to the propagation of Dharma. Asking no questions, the Pergade constructed himself another house and commenced worshiping the Daivas at Nelliadi Beedu.

This worship of daivas keeps. The Dharma Daivas again regarded earlier than Pergade to build separate shrines to consecrate the four Daivas – Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari. Also, Pergade was told to choose humans of noble delivery to behave because the Daivas’ oracles and 4 worthy individuals to help Pergade in his obligations as the govt head of the shrines. In go back, the Daivas promised Pergade protection for his family, abundance of charity and famend for the ‘Kshetra’. Pergade, as favored, built the shrines and invited Brahmin monks to perform the rituals. Those monks requested Pergade to put in a Shivalinga beside the native Daivas. The Daivas then sent their vassal Annappa Swamy you purchased the linga of Shiva from Kadri Manjunath Temple, close to Mangalore. In the end, the Manjunatha temple turned into constructed across the linga.

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How to reach

  • By Road: Tourists can travel by KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses to reach Dharmasthala from all over the state. Private buses or by their own vehicles to reach Dharmasthala.
  • By Train: Mangalore Railway Station is the nearest railway junction to Dharmasthala, situated at a distance of about 74 km. The railway station is well connected to all the major cities and towns in India. Travellers can hire taxis/cabs or take buses to reach Dharmasthala from Mangalore.
  • By Air: Mangalore Airport serves as the nearest domestic and international airport for tourists heading to Dharmasthala. Earlier known as the Bajpe Airport, it is situated at a distance of about 65 km from Dharmasthala. The flights connect to major Middle East destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi etc. Besides, it is also ideal for travellers coming from Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kochi, Calicut and other major Indian destinations.
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How to reach

  • Nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport
  • Nearest railway station is Mangalore 
  • Nearest bus stations is Dharmasthala
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