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Dharmasthala Temple – History, Timings, Online booking, Distance

Dharmasthala Temple , Karnataka:

The 800-year-old Hindu temple Dharmasthala Temple (Kṣetra Dharmasthala) is located in the temple town of Dharmasthala in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, India. The Hindu god Shiva, also known as Manjunatha, the goddess Ammanavaru, the Tirthankara Chandraprabha, and the Jain protection deities Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumarasvami, and Kanyakumari are the deities of the temple. At the request of Devaraja Heggade, the temple’s administrator at the time, the Hindu Dvaita saint Vadiraja Tirtha reconsecrated the temple in the sixteenth century.The temple’s administration is headed by the Pergades, a Jain Bunt family, and its priests are Madhwa Brahmins, who are Vaishnavas. This makes the temple unique.

Dharmasthala Temple History:

Dharmasthala was formerly a village in Belthangady and was known as Kuduma in Mallarmadi 800 years ago. Here, in a home known as Nelliadi Beedu, resided the Jain Bunt chieftain Birmanna Pergade and his spouse Ammu Ballalthi. The story goes that the angels that defend Dharma took on human form and came to live with Pergade. They were looking for a place where Dharma might be practiced, continued, and spread. The couple treated these distinguished guests with the utmost respect and resources, as was customary. That night, the Dharma Daivas appeared in Pergade’s dreams, pleased by their kindness and sincerity. They told him why they were there, gave him instructions to leave his home so that he might worship the Daivas, and committed his life to spreading Dharma. The Pergade constructed another dwelling for himself and started worshiping the Daivas at Nelliadi Beedu without doubt.

Daiva worship is still practiced today. Before Pergade, the Dharma Daivas reappeared and constructed distinct shrines to dedicate the four Daivas—Kalayakumari, Kumaraswamy, Kalarkayi, and Kalarahu. Pergade was also given instructions to select four deserving individuals to help him in his capacity as the shrines’ executive head and two nobles to serve as the Daivas’ oracles. Pergade received security for his family, an abundance of alms, and recognition for the “Kshetra ” from the Daivas in exchange. As planned, Pergade invited Brahmin priests to execute the rituals and built the shrines. Pergade was asked by these priests to erect a Shivalinga next to the local Daivas. The Shiva linga was later obtained by the Daivas through their vassal Annappa Swamy from the Kadri Manjunath Temple, which is located close to Mangalore. The Manjunatha temple was subsequently constructed around the linga.

Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple Timings:

The timings of dharmasthala manjunatha temple is 

Darshana & Pooja – 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

                                12:15 p.m to 2:30 p.m

                                 5-00 p.m. to 8-30 p.m.

Abhisheka & Archana – 8-30 a.m. to 10-30 a.m.

Thulabhara Seva – 8:00 a.m. and 01:00 pm

Festivals Celebrated at Dharmasthala temple:

Ganesha Chaturthi



Laksha Deepotsava


Chaandramana Ugadi

Annual Jathre

Dharmasthala temple to bangalore distance:

Dharmasthala temple distance from bangalore is 6 hr 58 min (345.3 km) via NH75

places to visit near dharmasthala:

  • Shri Chandranatha Swamy Basadi
  • Shri Manjunatha Swamy Temple
  • Shri Annappa Swamy Betta
  • Shri Bahubali Hill
  • Annapoorna Dining Hall
  • S.D.M.Oriental Library
  • Manjusha Museum
  • Vintage Car Museum
  • Jama Ugrana

Dharmasthala Temple Address:

Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala, D.K, Karnataka -574216

How to reach Dharmasthala Temple?

By Air:For travelers traveling to Dharmasthala, the closest domestic and international airport is Bangalore Airport. Formerly called the Bajpe Airport, it is located roughly 65 km away from Dharmasthala. Major Middle Eastern locations including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and others are connected to the flights. Additionally, it is the best option for visitors arriving from major Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Kochi, and Calicut.

By Train: About 74 kilometers separate Dharmasthala from the closest railway station, which is located at the Mangalore Railway Station. The railway station has excellent connections to all of India’s main towns and cities. From Mangalore, tourists can take buses or taxis to get to Dharmasthala.

By Road: Travelers from all around the state can take KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses to get to Dharmasthala. To go to Dharmasthala, they can travel by private buses or their own cars.

How to book rooms for dharmasthala online?

Guest houses only provide a limited number of rooms that can be booked online. It is advised to make reservations in advance.

Visit this official website for rooms booking –

Dharmasthala Temple Photos:

Dharmasthala Temple


Dharmasthala Manjunatha Swamy

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