Veerendra Heggade
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Born (1948-11-25) 25 November 1948 (age 74)
Other namesHeggade/Pergade,Kavandaru, Dharmarathna, Dharmabhushana
Religious career
Based inDharmastala, Karnataka, India
Period in office1968 - present
PredecessorDharmadhikari Ratnavarma Heggade
PostDharmadhikari(Hereditary administrator) of Dharmasthala Temple
Veerendra Heggade
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha (Karnataka)
Assumed office
7 July 2022
Nominated byRamnath Kovind
ConstituencyNominated (Social work)

D. Veerendra Heggade (born November 25, 1948) is an Indian philanthropist and the hereditary administrator (Dharmadhikari) of the Dharmasthala Temple. He succeeded to the post at the age of 19, on October 24, 1968, the 21st in his line.[1] He administers the temple and its properties, which are held in trust for the benefit of devotees and of Dharma. He is a nominated Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha since July 2022.

He has received multiple awards for his numerous contributions.[2] He was awarded the Karnataka Ratna award for the year 2009, the highest civilian award in Karnataka.[3]

On July 6, 2022, he was nominated as Rajya Sabha member by President Ram Nath Kovind.[4]

Personal life

Heggade was born the eldest son of Dharmadhikari Ratnavarma Heggade and Rathnamma Heggade (née Shetty). He belongs to the Pergade dynasty of Tulu Jain Bunt[5] Lineage, the hereditary trustees of the famous Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha Swamy temple in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The family are trustees of a Hindu temple, although the family belong to the Digambara Jain community.[6] He has three younger brothers, Harshendra Kumar, Surendra Kumar and Rajendra Kumar, and a sister, Padmalata. He married Hemavathi Heggade in a match arranged by their parents. Veerendra Heggade and Hemavathy Heggadthi are the parents of daughter Shraddha.

As the eldest son, Veerendra Heggade succeeded his father as Dharmadhikari. He is the twenty-first member of the Pergade dynasty to hold the position of Dharmadhikari of the Dharmasthala Temple. As he has no sons, his heir is his younger brother, Harshendra.

Dharmadhikari Veerendra Heggade is a car collector and photography aficionado. His car collection is on display in Dharmasthala.

Works and contributions


As Dharmadhikari, he has continued the traditions of the institution:

Heggade has reached beyond his administrative role:

Indian culture

Social Service


Tuluva culture

Awards and honours


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  9. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
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  12. ^ Mangalore, Mangalore Today. "Karnataka Ratna for Dharmadhikari, Dr Veerendra Heggade".
  13. ^ "Karnataka / Hassan News : Veerendra Heggade given 'Vatika Varshada Kannadiga' award". The Hindu. 22 November 2004. Archived from the original on 13 January 2005.