Sri Manjunathaswamy Temple or Dharmasthala temple location takes us to the the banks of the river Nethravathi in the town of Dharmasthala in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The deities worshiped here are Sri Manjunatha (Lord Shiva) and Ammavaru (Goddess Parvati) along with Jain Tirthankara Chandraprabha and Jain protection Gods, Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumarasvami, and Kanyakumari.
The Temple has presiding deities belonging to both the Hindu and the Jain community. The word “Dharmasthala” means ‘the place where the Truth or righteousness resides’. Dharma means truth and Sthala meaning the place of stay. Hence, the place signifies the Dharmasthala Temple location as the abode of “Dharma” or truth and justice.
The priests are Hindus following Vaishnavism and the Jain Bunt family (the Pergades) run the temple administration.
Apart from the Temple, the Dharmasthala Temple administration also presides over and maintains various charitable institutions under its control. Furthter, the region of Dharmasthala is popular as the region of Annadana (providing free food), Vidyadaana (providing free education), and Abhayadaana (providing free lodging).
Dharmasthala Temple architecture
Also, the architecture style resembles the style of temple in Kerala. The simple square plan of the Dharmasthala Temple has a pyramidal roof on top. The materials used for the base walls are granite and laterite. Moreover, wood and metals were extensively in the sculptures, roofing and arches of the temple. The Shikhar consists of wood and gold plating.