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Manjunatha Temple - Dharmasthala

Pilgrimage

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Distance (From Mangalore): 70 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: Following places can be visited along with this place:
1. Bahubali Temple - Dharmasthala (< 1 Km)
2. Manjusha Museum - Dharmasthala (< 1 Km)
3. Vintage Car Museum - Dharmasthala (< 1 Km)
4. Moodabidri (17 Kms)

At a distance of 70 Kms from Mangalore, Dharmasthala is one of the famous pilgrimage centers in Karnataka and it is situated on the banks of Nethravathi River. The main attraction of Dharmasthala is famous Manjunatha Temple. This place is also known as Sri Kshetra.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Manjunatha or Lokeshwara, this temple dates back to 16th Century. It is said that the Shiva Linga worshipped at this temple was procured from Kadri Temple in Mangalore. This place was known as Kuduma and later renamed to Dharmasthala in 16th century by Vadiraja Swami of Udupi.

The shrines of four Dharma Daivas (Kalarahu, Kalarkaayi, Kanyakumari and Kumaraswamy) are built well before Manjunatha Temple in Dharmasthala. Lakshadeepotsava celebrated in Kartheekamasa (Nov/Dec) is the main attraction of the temple.

This temple is involved in several social activities, especially, educational institutes for poor.

Timings: 6:30 AM - 2:30 PM & 5 PM - 8:30 PM