Dharmasthala Shiva Temple (Manjunatha Swamy Temple – Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala) is one the famous Shiva Temples in Karnataka, South India. It is an 800-year religious institution, located in Dakshina Kannada district of the state.
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Manjunatheshwara Swamy, one of the names of Lord Shiva. There are sub-shrines dedicated to Ammanavaru, Chandranath and the Dharma Daivas (guardian spirits of Dharma) namely Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari.
The most significant feature of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala is – it is a Shiva Temple and the priest are Shivalli Brahmins of Vaishnava sect in Hinduism while the temple administration is run by a Jain Bunt family called Pergades.
Major Festivals celebrated at Dharmasthala Manjunatha Temple
Apart from Pradosha Shiva Puja daily, Paksha Pradosha and Masa Shivaratri Shiva Pooja, Mahashivaratri, Temple Annual Jathre, Ganesha Chaturthi, Navarathri, Deepavali, Patthanaje and Laksha Deepotsava are the popular festivals of the temple.