August 30, 2016


Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala is a religious centre well known for its charitable activities over the years. This place has 800 years of history of practising charity and various kinds of “Dhanas” like Annadana, Abhaya Dana, Aushadha dana, Vidya Dana. The Lord Manjunatha swamy in the  diety of  the temple. The temple is owned by the Heggade, the senior most member of  Jain family who were practicing Dana Dhamas over 800 years.

The Heggade who is responsible to manage the daily rituals to Manjunatha swamy, Annappa swamy, Dharma daivas, Chandranatha swamy and Bhagavan Bahubali is holding the  Peetam of “Dharmadikari” should  take care of the  devotees who visit the temple. The Present Dharmadhikari  Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade is  a philanthropist and catalyst who shaped  Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala in such a way that  ‘Dharma’ is  nothing  but doing  good things  to the Society, work towards  well being of the community, protect the religious  practices and Indian  Art and Culture, Opportunity for quality educational facilities to  the children,  self employment training to the youths, rural development programmes etc.

Objective of Bhajan Kammata: In order to develop and maintain the spiritual values and belief among the present generation living in the villages and equally in towns, Dr Heggadeji  started 7 days “Bhajana Kammata” (workshop) to train the people how community   bhajan centres can help  to bring the people together under one platform that is “Adhyathma, Dharma”.

Further, even though the various bhajana mandalis working at the villages, the practice of bhajan once in a week needed much more shaping with regard  to selection of  Bhajan songs, lyrics, Bhajan performance adding  devotion and   melody, tune and rhythm etc. It was  observed that Bhajan mandalis having  good infrastructure and  resources  required guidance as to how these resources can be mobilised for the development of the   villages.

With this background Dr Heggadeji  of  thought of conducting week long training  programme to the members of bhajana mandali’s. The training syllabus was designed including Bhajan songs. Nrithya Bhajan and informative  sessions like efficient management of  Bhajana mandalis, systems and procedures at mandalis social development activities ts that can be taken up  by mandalis, programms  that can be implemented by mandalis to improve the spiritual values and religious harmony at  villages mobilising youth to bhajan mandalis. Youth development programmes etc.

Further yoga sessions, games and  exercises  practiced to  build .more confidence among the members.

The leading artists  are training the members in bhajan singing and presentation.