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.