The word ‘Dharma’ traditionally means religion, ritual, duty, righteousness and alms. It also implies justice, truthfulness, freedom from fear, faith, solace, fulfillment and peace.
Dharmasthala is the perfect embodiment of the word “Dharma” for it displays every shade of meaning with which this word is inspired from, the greatness of Dharmasthala, however is the fact that it has added an active element to “Dharma”, which touches the lives of people with a transformational directness that is unique. To those that come for worship, Dharmasthala represents religious tolerance wherein caste, creed and faith of pilgrims are no bars.
One of the prime examples of Dharmasthala’s practice of Dharma in action has been the role it has played in fostering education. The seed of what has grown into a giant tree of knowledge was sown in the soil of Belthangady Taluk in Dakshina Kannada, many decades ago.
The foundation built by the earlier Dharmadhikaris inspired Shri Veerendra Haggade to give added impetus to the Kshetra’s efforts to ensure the betterment of society through the catalytic effect of education.
The ripples of Dharmasthala’s initiatives have spread far and wide. They encompass a host of educational institutions, spanning primary to post graduate and professional. Even highly innovative vocational institutions have been enveloped in this endeavor.
While emphasis has been on providing a modern education, traditional values have not been lost sight of. Each and every one of the institutions strives to inculcate the Indian culture and values in the students who pass through its portals.
The educational institutions that are within Dharmasthala’s fold are run by the SDM Educational Trust. However the management of the institutions is overseen by the Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Educational Society. With eminent personalities forming the decisive body of these institutions, the two organizations, jointly provide purpose and direction to the institutions under the benign guidance of Shri Veerendra Heggade.
Please visit Shri Kshetra Dharmastala Website for more details.