The venerable Dr. D. Veerendra Heggadeji is a personification of benevolence and altruism. The 'Dharmadhikari' of Dharmasthala is a leader, philanthropist, educationist, Social Reformer, and an emissary of art and culture.
Veerendra Heggadeji's first major act upon becoming Dharmadhikari was to realise his father's dream by completing the carving and installation of the Bahubali statue at Dharmastala.
In 1982, on the eve of his taking over of Dharmadhikara, Sri Heggade initiated a "Grameenaabhivruddhi Yojane" (Integrated Village- Welfare Program) which today spread to more than 11 districts. The program included such provisions as funding for poor farmers with agricultural credit, technical training for young people through the RUDSET Institutes, Micro finance, Micro enterprise project, Jana Jagruthi Vedike, Sampoorna Suraksha, and many more. He also established the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara (SDM) Education Society and Trust which manages more than 46 educational institutions.
Heggadeji has been a great supporter of preserving Tuluva culture and heritage. Ever since he has worked for the betterment of society, he has won renown and adoration for the simplicity of his nature and nobility of action. He has been a guardian figure and a last resort for many a suffering soul.
His achievements in the field of EDUCATION, SOCIAL WELFARE, MEDICINE and ART, LITERATURE & CULTURE is phenomenal. The Shri Kshetra has also seen noteworthy changes and new dimension under his administration.
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