Dharmasthala is one of the important temple town in Karnataka in Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannad district. Dharmasthala is situated in the middle of the Western Ghats on the banks of the Nethravathi river in Karnataka. Dharmasthala in Karnataka is only 100 kilometers from Udupi and some 70 kilometers from Mangalore.
Dharmasthala is the home to Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple with golden lingam, a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple at Dharmasthala in Karnataka attracts a large number of pilgrims from all parts and of all cast and creed. The town of Dharmasthala in Karnataka is well known for the eight Jain basadis and the ruins of Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple. There is a 11 meter high Bahubali statue whose origin dates back to 1604 AD.
Dharmasthala of Karnataka is a noteworthy example of communal harmony as well as religious and cultural permissiveness. The pilgrims visiting the town of Dharmasthala in Karnataka are offered free meals and lodging. About 100,000 oil lamps are lit up at night in the temple premises during Laksha Deepotsava festival.
The small town of Dharmasthala of Karnataka has more than 25 educational institutions. The ancient manuscripts and paintings retrieved from the archaeological site of the neighboring region of Dharmasthala are well preserved in a museum. The museum of Dharmasthala of Karnataka is a treasure house of antique object. The car museum of Dharmasthala has a rare collection of vintage cars. The â€˜Sarva Dharma Sammelanâ€™ is held every year in Dharmasthala at Karnataka and attracts a large number of spiritual leaders to the meet.