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Dharmasthala

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"The land of Charity"

Dharmasthala Tourism

Popularly known as the Land of Charity, Dharmasthala is a beautiful temple town with a blend of heritage, culture and religion. Situated on the banks of Nethravathi river in Karnataka, it's popularly known as a pilgrim site for the Shaiva, Vaishnava and Jaina communities.

Dharmasthala Temple is an 800-year-old major pilgrimage site which hosts 'Lakshadeepa' - a festival of lights that takes place in November - December. Another prime attraction here is the Bahubali statue, carved out of a single stone and 39 ft high. Dharmasthala has natural beauty gifted by its location, and the same is ornamented by the abundant and widespread scents of culture and spirituality in its air.

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Why is Dharmasthala Called the Abode of the Righteous

Dharmasthala is a small pilgrimage village located in the beautiful state of Karnataka. It is located on the banks of River Nethravati. It is well known for The Manjunatheshwara temple or the Dharmasthala Temple, which houses the Linga of Lord shiva. The temple is a beautiful example of religious tolerance and it is maintained by Jain people and the rituals being carried on by Hindu Priests.
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The ancient archaeological evidence, like manuscripts, are stored in Manjusha Museum and are a treat to the eye of all the people coming to Dharmasthala to witness the beauty of the country. It is a beautiful place which testifies how beautifully woven India is with the plethora of castes and creeds present here. You can also visit the place for the seasonal religious festivals it beholds.

Legends Behind Dharmasthala

800 years ago, Dharmasthala was known as Kudum which was a village in South Kanara at that time. Here used to live a Jain Chieftain Birmanna Pergade and his wife Ammu Ballalthi in a house named Nelliadi Beedu who were known for their generosity and hospitality. The legend has it that the guardian angels of Dharma in came down to earth in human form in search of a place where Dharma is practised and can be propagated. Impressed by their warm welcome, they told Pergade about their and asked him to vacate the house.

Pergade and his wife moved sincerely to another home and began worshipping Daivas. After some time, Dharma Daivas again appeared before Pergade to build four shrines dedicated to the four Daivas - Kalarkai, Kalarahu, Kumaraswami and Kanyakumari. In return, he promised him an abundance of charity and family welfare. A Brahmin priest was invited to perform the rituals who request Pergade to install a Shiva Linga, subsequently around which the Shree Manjunath Swami temple is built.

Restaurants and Local Food in Dharmasthala

There are a handful of multi-cuisine restaurants in the area. While here you may find local and authentic cuisine including Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Obbattu, Dharwad Peda, Chiroti etc .
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Reach Dharmasthala by morning and freshen up in your hotel before starting with your first destination that is Manjunatheshwara Temple. After familiarising yourself with the architecture and history behind the grand structure, you can preferably go the nearby small shopping complex, where you'll get religious supplies and beautifully handcrafted materials.

Day 2 On your second day of the visit to Dharmasthala, you can go out to see the Manjusha and the Car museum in the city. You can also visit the 11-meter high statue of Bahubali which is one of the most visited places in the locality. The rest of the day can be used for making small visits to temples like the Ram temple, and the hill Badinede Betta. If you have time, you can also visit the Netravati River barrage.

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What is not so good about Dharmasthala?

Mostly suitable for people travelling in groups or families. It may also lack variety for the people looking for adventure, or something apart from just a spiritual visit.

What are the places near Dharmasthala?

The top places near to Dharmasthala are Coorg which is 69 km from Dharmasthala, Kudremukh which is located 25 km from Dharmasthala, Chikmagalur which is located 58 km from Dharmasthala, Horanadu which is located 35 km from Dharmasthala, Madikeri which is located 69 km from Dharmasthala

What is famous about Dharmasthala?

A beautiful place standing true to its name, practising religious tolerance and spirituality since ages. Known for its temples and statues.

Who should visit Dharmasthala?

Ideal for people who wish to see the rich cultural heritage of the country and indulge in spiritual and religious activities. Also, to some extent, ideal for couples willing to be involved in the cultural setting and rituals of the place.

What is the best time to visit Dharmasthala?

Dharmasthala is generally flocked by tourists all round the year; however, the best time to visit is during the months of November to January. The temperature range is moderate and in comparison to northern India, the weather is very pleasing. Avoid Summer and Monsoon, as the region is scorching and humid making it unbearable for sightseeing or other outdoor activities.

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What is the best way to reach Dharmasthala?

Dharmasthala is well connected to the means of railways and airways. The nearest International and Domestic Airport is Mangalore, which is around 50 km away from the location. Nearest railway station is Yedamangala, which is connected by rail to all the major cities of the country. You can board a bus or take a taxi from both these locations to reach Dharmasthala. Connectivity by bus is also regular from all the major nearby locations.
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What are the things to do in Dharmasthala?

The top things to do in Dharmasthala are Dharmasthala Temple, Bahubali Statue, Netravathi River Barrage, Ram Mandir, Dharmasthala, Annappa Betta, Manjusha Museum. You can see all the places to visit in Dharmasthala here

What is the local food in Dharmasthala?

There are a handful of multi-cuisine restaurants in the area. While here you may find local and authentic cuisine including Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Obbattu, Dharwad Peda, Chiroti etc .
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Ashish jain 1 year ago
Great place to visit. Religious place for Jains. Will love to watch statue.
Praveen Kumar 2 years ago
Religious place, well maintained and plenty of accommodation facility by temple trust, don't miss the free Prasad provide ed by temple.
Vittal Nayak 2 years ago
nice place to visit
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