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A Trip to Dharmasthala
Name : Gunda V RajyaLakshmi
PGDM No : 11079
Section : B
Mysore is a heritage city. Our College SDMIMD, Mysore arranged a trip to Dharmasthala on 17th June,2011. We are packed in three KSRTC buses and a Van. It was 23:30 hrs when we reached a guest house with modern amenities which is run by SDM trust . On June 18, 2011, early morning we started to Dharmasthala temple. Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatha Swamy temple is in Belthangadi taluk of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. It is on the banks of Nethravathi river. This is a temple of Lord Shiva and has a golden Linga in it. This temple is different from all others, as it is run by a Jain administritation and poojas are performed by Hindu priests. On an average, around 10,000 people visit the temple every day.

Lord Shri Manjunatheshwara
Dharmasthala is a famous Hindu religious shrine of South India with about 700 years of History. The presiding deity of Dharmasthala is Lord Manjunatha Swamy reincarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is managed by the Heggades who is considered to be the speaking Manjunatha. The Heggade position a hereditary one, is being passed on from generation to generation. The present Heggade, Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade is the 21st in the lineage. Free food is served for all pilgrims. Good accommodation facility is also provided by the temple authority. For the convenience of pilgrims, a number of rooms that formed the accommodation at the old dharmasthala's Ganga, Kaveri and Narmada has been augmented by seven modern guest houses Netravathi, Vaishali, Sharavathi, Gayatri, Gangotri and Saketha which have increased the capacity manifold. Sri D. Harshendra Kumar, brother of Sri Veerendra Heggade, has been managing the affairs of the various departments of Dharmasthala by rendoring yeoman service.

Padmabhushana Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade Dharmadhikari,
Shree Kshethra Dharmasthala & President, SDM Educational Society Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala, is a man of outstanding credentials. The head of a religious institution that draws millions of devotees from all over the country. However, his stature, doesn't confine to a single field of achievement. A titan in the fields of social service and education, Dr. Heggade has been quite instrumental in uplifting the educational standards throughout Karnataka. As the President of SDM Educational Society, he has been phenomenally successful in leading more than 40 institutions. Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade specially addressed about RUDSETI (Rural Economic Scenario and Entrepreneurship Development) Programme. Objectives and scope of the Institute

* To motivate and develop confidence in unemployed youth. * To identify, orient, train, counsel and assist young people to take up some self-employment ventures by providing all possible assistance to them. * To promote rural entrepreneurship

* To enhance the effectiveness of poverty alleviation and self employment schemes of the Government and the Bank. * To promote counseling and project consultancy services
* To train village level workers to work in rural development. * To take up research and development in rural entrepreneurship and rural development.

We went to the NATURE CURE HOSPITAL Shantivana surrounded by a beautiful lush green landscape, this Hospital, managed by the illustrious Dharmasthala Heggade family, offers a variety of naturopathy treatments for improving one’s health. All treatments here are based on the premise that nature is the best healer and therefore, instead of conventional medicine, the Panchabhutas or the five elements i.e., earth, water, air, space and fire are utilized to cure the patients. This hospital was started by D Veerendra Heggade in 1986 mainly for the poor of the region who could not afford to pay hefty medical expenses. The treatments at Shantivana are structured according to this philosophy.

While various water-based treatments...
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