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Dr. D Veerendra Heggade

Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, President

Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, the sole author of the trust, is the "Dharmadhikari" of Shri Manjunathaswamy temple. Born on November 25, 1948, Dr. Veerendra became the Heggade at the tender age of 20 in the year 1968. Since then Dr. Veerendra Heggade has envisioned different programs for bettering the living environment and took care of millions of visitors flocking to Dharmasthala every year. He used the donations received at the temple for the good of the community and that of the devotees. The village of Dharmasthala was converted into an enthralling tourist resort with facilities to accommodate twenty thousand devotees.To carry out the various charitable activities ordained on the Heggade, the Dharmadhikari has founded seven trusts,

  1. The S.D.M. Education Society (Education)
  2. The Janatha Shikshana Saithi (Education)
  3. The Dharmothana Trust (Renovation of ancient temples)
  4. The Shanthivana Trust (Yoga and Naturopathy)
  5. The Medical Trust (Hospitals)
  6. The Rural Development and Self-Employment Training Institute (RUDSETI) (Entrepreneurial Training)
  7. The SKDRDP (Rural Development)

For his dedicated works, Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade has been conferred with Padma Vibhushan by Governent of India. Has also been given honorary Doctorate from Mangalore University, Honorary FRCPS from the fellow of Royal College of Physicians in Glasgow, U.K, as well as the Padmabhushana citation from the Government of India. On top of promoting an internationally acclaimed dental college, Dr. Heggade has also promoted colleges on Yoga and Naturopathy, an Allopathic medical college, Engineering college, College of Business Administration, Law, Science and the Arts.Dr. Heggade's first love however remains to be the aspect of rural development.


Smt. Hemavati V Heggade

Smt. Hemavathi V Heggade, President - Jnanavikasa Programs

Smt. Hemavathi Heggade, wife of Dr. Veerendra Heggade is a social activist involved in women empowerment activities. She is actively involved in various programs of SKDRDP, especially those concerning livelihood promotion and Jnanavikasa.


Shri D. Surendra Kumar

Shri. D. Surendra Kumar, Trustee

Shri D. Surendra Kumar is a law graduate and an industrialist from Bangalore. He has been the National Vice President, Jain Milan. He is on the board of Directors of Karnataka Bank.

Mr. Shastri

Mr. Shastri, Trustee

Former Chairman and Managing Director of Canara bank, Mr. Shasthri is still active in industrical circles and sits on the board of many a Institutions.

Shri Uday Kumar Shetty

Shri. Uday Kumar Shetty, Trustee

He is renowned lawyer from Mangalore.

Shri Sampath Samrajya

Shri. Sampath Samrajya, Trustee

He is renowned Agriculturist and Educationist from Shirthady, D.K.

Shri Sham Bhat

Shri. Sham Bhat, Trustee

He is Chartered Accountant from Mangalore.