Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple is an ancient temple (around 800 years old) situated on the banks of river Nethravathi.The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva (Manjunatha) is believed to be very powerful.Ammanavaru, Lord Ganapathi, Annappa Swamy and four Dharma Daivas (Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari) are other deities of this temple.Dr. Veerendra Heggade is the 21st ‘Dharmadhikari’ of Shri Kshetra. This is one of the most sacred places in South India.Main Festivals held at Sri Dharmasthala Kshetra :
Ganesha Festival (Ganesha Chowthi ) - Worship of Lord Ganapathi in the Temple and the storehouse
Navarathri - A nine-day festival, Special worship at the Sri Ammanavaru Shrine.
Deepavali - Festival of lights and commencement of special annual ceremonies.
Laksha Deepotsava - Festival of lights, celebrated for five days in the month of Kartika(November - December).
Shivarathri - Night-long Bhajan and special poojas with Car festival.
Annual ‘Jathre’ (annual festival or carnival) - A nine-day Festival with Car festival and other rituals is held in April every year.
Patthanaje - This is the last festival held in May before the onset of the monsoons.
Annadana (offering food) at the famous Annapurna dining hall is a unique feature of Dharmasthala.Other shrines at Dharmastala:
Maha Ganpathy Temple at Annapoorna Choultry
Shrine of Annappa Swamy and the abode of Dharma Daivas, Badinade Hill
The Neliyadi Beedu: The original abode of the Heggades and the Dharma Daivas.
Shrine of Shri Chandranatha Swamy at Sri Chandranatha Basadi
The statue of Shri Bahubali at Ratnagiri Hill
Other places to visit at Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala:
Manjusha Museum - Antique collection of swords, armory even old cameras etc.
Vintage car museum - The car museum at Dharmasthala has a rare collection of vintage cars.
Vasantha Mahal - Cultural Hall
Location:Belthangadi taluk, Dakshina Kannada District, Karnataka State, India.