Dharmastala is a revered pilgrimage center in Karnataka enshrining Manjunatha
- Shiva, under the trusteeship of a Jain familiy, with worship services being performed by
Madhva priests. Dharmastala is at a distance of about 75 km from
Mangalore.Located in a picturesque settings, it is one of the well visited pilgrimage
centers in Karnataka.
Local disputes are settled out of court here in
the name of God, and the temple trustee Veerendra Heggade serves as the representative of
the presiding deity in settling disputes.
Dharmastala is regarded as the home of Dharma
or righteousness. The temple complex houses a shrine to Manjunatha and
the Dharma Devatas. Thousands of pilgrims are offered food in the temple
everyday. Dharmastala also houses a huge monolithic statue of Gomateshwara.
Seven Mukti Stalas of Karnataka