In Dakshina Kannada District, on the banks of Nethravathi river stands the Dharmasthala. Dharmasthala is a major pilgrimage center which is dedicated to lord Shiva, called as Manjunatha. The peculiarity of this pilgrim center is that the temple is managed by Jain administration, whereas the prayers and rituals are conducted by Hindu Madhva Priests. Every Year Lakshadeepam Festival conducted with pompous and glory in Dharmasthala. Various charity activities like Mass Marriage, Vidya Dhanam, Anna Dhanam takes place here.
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