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DHARMASTHALA- Land for Religious Minded
Religiously, as well as historically important city, Dharmasthala lies amidst the Western Ghats of river Nethravathi. The magnificent and famous Manjunathaeshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in this small town and is well known for its gold lingam.
Literally “Dharmasthala” means “the land of charity”. Well known for the religious tolerance, cultural preservation and social living, this city stands true to its name. Here, the way of life is charity without any hesitation or discrimination. Pilgrims irrespective of their caste, creed or religion are offered free meals.
Dharmasthala is famous for the Bahubali statue which has a height of 39 ft. This statue is carved out of a single stone and is placed on a 13 ft high platform. The statue symbolizes subjugation and self control of ego.
Serene Ambiance of the city, along with lush green surroundings, makes it a perfect place to enjoy with one’s family. Various attractions that lie in and around the city are the Shiva Temple, Vasantha Mahal and the Manjusha museum. A visit to these heritage sites can let a person know more about the history of Dharmasthala.
In this town, mass marriages are solemnized to cut down unnecessary expenses which are involved in the celebrations. All the expenses for these marriages are borne by the Kshetra. Therefore to see an example of religious tolerance, a person should visit this town because here a temple guarded by a Jain follower has a priest of Hindu religion. One can also refresh his mind with purity in thoughts by offering prayers in this city.