Dharmasthala

Dharmasthala | Karnataka | India
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A famous pilgrim location for the Shaiva, Vaishnava and Jaina communities, Dharmasthala meaning the Land of Charity is a beautiful blend of heritage, culture and religion. Dharmasthala has natural beauty gifted by its location and the same is ornamented by the rich and widespread scents of culture and spirituality in its air. The tourist attractions […]

A famous pilgrim location for the Shaiva, Vaishnava and Jaina communities, Dharmasthala meaning the Land of Charity is a beautiful blend of heritage, culture and religion. Dharmasthala has natural beauty gifted by its location and the same is ornamented by the rich and widespread scents of culture and spirituality in its air. The tourist attractions here are Manjusha Museum, Shiva Temple, Manjunatha temple, Vasanthamahal, Neliyadi Beedu and numerous more. A prime attraction here is the Bahubali statue, carved out of a single stone and 39 ft high.

 Bahubali Statue, a breathtaking monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali is located in Dharmasthala, on top of the Ratnagiri Hill near River Nethravathi, in the Indian state of Karnataka. Bahubali which means the ‘One with Strong Arms’, is a legendary figure known for his Strength, Power and Intellect. His persona is highly praised and is considered an essential aspect of the Jain religion. The sculptured statue stands at a massive height of 57 feet and is carved out of a single rock. Some visit the statue to offer their prayers and some to come one step closer to peace and salvation.

Dharmasthala temple Possessing a rich history that is more than 800 years old, the Sri Manjunatha Swamy Temple in Dharmasthala, also known as the Dharmasthala Temple is one of the most famous and most respected temples not only in southern India but all across the country. The presiding deity of this religious institution, Manjunatheshwara, is worshipped at this temple in the form of a shivalinga, and people from near and far flock in large numbers to seek his blessings. The river Nethravathi that flows in this region is also a famous attraction in this area, and pilgrims halt especially to take a bath in this river on their way to the temple.

Ram Mandir Dharmasthala’s Ram Mandir is located on the shores of the Netravati river. Simple yet elegant in its construction, this temple has marble idols of Lord Ram, Lord Lakshman, and Goddess Sita. Each year this temple is thronged by devotees who visit the temple to meditate or worship their revered deities. In addition to being a spiritual centre, the temple site has unparalleled natural beauty as well. The temple complex overlooks the mighty Western Ghats with the Netravati River in the backdrop. The entire scenario is mesmerising.

Manjusha Museum With its vast collection of articles depicting the culture and history of Dharmasthala, the museum also houses a collection of temple chariots outside the temple.This museum is privately owned by Shri Veerendra Heggade. It is also home to a 300 years old Veena of Vidhwan Veena Sheshanna.

Map of Dharmasthala