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Shri Devaraja Heggade bore all the expenses incurred for the holy ceremony. He praised his munificence and charity and named the the place''Dharmasthala,'' the abode of religion and charity. Dharmasthala represents religious tolerance and selfless devotion to God. Dharmasthala is the perfect embodiment of the word "Dharma" traditionally meaning religion, ritual, duty, righteousness, and charity. It also implies justice, truthfulness, freedom from fear, faith, solace, fulfillment and peace.
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During Laksha Deepostsava, 100,000 oil lamps are lit with reverence and devotion. The temple trust runs numerous educational institutions offering professional courses in engineering, medicine, and dental sciences in Dharmasthala, Ujire, Mangalore, Udupi, Dharwad, Hassan, Mysore and other places of Karnataka state, besides Patasala and Gurukula where Sanskrit and Yoga are taught.
Yet another noble charity is the conduct of annual mass marriages that are held usually during April every year. As of 2013, about 10,698 couples have
married on the temple premises fully arranged by Dharmasthala Temple authorities / committee. Another note-worthy fact is that the entire expenses on the wedding dress, Mangalsutra (in Tamil ''Taali'') and wedding feast for a limited number of the couple's guests are borne by the Kshetra or temple trust. Prior information and registration is a must for such wedding at the temple. Mass marriage concept - a noble one was started in earnest by Dharmadhikari D. Veerendra Heggade to avoid unnecessary expenditure and dowry system in 1972.
In addition, the trust runs high quality modern health care hospitals, including dental and eye hospitals and cater to the people including villagers. The trust also runs Yoga center and Ayurvedic hospital for the treatment of some diseases.
01. Lord Manjunatha is the main deity in the sanctum. The other deities are Ammavaru, Chandraprabha and Jain gods Kalarkayi, Kanyakumari, Kalarahu and Kumarasvami
02. Creed, Faith and Caste do not stand in the way for the pilgrims who come to worship at this holy place. The Dharmasthala Temple upholds religious tolerance and faith in God through services to people.
03. Dharmasthala Temple is one of the most important and revered Shiva temples in India.
04. Taking a dip in the the Nethravathi river before praying at Dharmasthala Temple, it is strongly believed, will remove all your sins committed wittingly or unwittingly.
05. Childless Devotees, visiting Ammanavaru Devi after prayer at the shrine of Manjunatha, will be blessed with a child.
06 The Jain Theerthankara is worshipped on the same consecrated grounds as the native Daivas and Lord Manjunatha (Lord Shiva).