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Who is Veerendra Heggade?

D. Veerendra Heggade (born 25 November 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 24 October 1968, the 21st in his line. 

He administers the temple and its properties, which are held in the trust for the benefit of devotees and of Dharma. He is a nominated Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha since July 2022.

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D. Veerendra Heggade, philanthropist head of Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala, is among four eminent persons nominated to the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday; the others being Olympic sprinter P.T. Usha, music composer Ilaiyaraaja, and screenwriter V. Vijayendra Prasad.

His nomination fills the void the coastal region of Karnataka has had in the Upper House. After the demise of senior Congress leader and former Union minister Oscar Fernandes on September 13, 2021, the coastal region did not have any representation in the Rajya Sabha.

Mr. Heggade was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.

In his tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “Shri Veerendra Heggade Ji is at the forefront of outstanding community service. I have had the opportunity to pray at the Dharmasthala temple and also witness the great work he is doing in health, education and culture. He will certainly enrich Parliamentary proceedings.”

He took over the reins of managing Manjunatha Swamy temple and the education institutes managed by the the Shree Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Education Trust at the age of 20, following the demise of his father and the hereditary administrator of the temple Ratnavarma Heggade.

Veerendra Heggade Biography, Wiki

Veerendra Heggade was born on November 23, 1948, in Bantawal, Karnataka. Heggade was born as the eldest son of Dharmadhikari Ratnavarma Heggade and Rathnamma Heggade.

Veerendra Heggade belongs to the Pergade dynasty of Tulu lineage who are the hereditary trsutees of the famous Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha Swamy Temple in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.

Veerendra Heggade has three younger brothers- Harshendra Kumar, Surendra Kumar and Rajendra Kumar, and one sister Padmalata.

Veerendra Heggade has been serving as the ‘Dharmadhikari’ of the Dharmasthala Temple based in Karnataka since the age of 20 years. Heggade has been a devoted philanthropist for more than five decades and has led various transformative initiatives for the rural development and promotion of self-employment.

Veerendra Heggade is also credited for establishing the Rural development and Self-employment Training Institute (RDSETI) to spread awareness about self-employment opportunities and train rural youth.

Veerendra Heggade has also conceptualized the Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project. It is an initiative for the inclusive rural development and self-employment in Karnataka. Currently, the project has more than 6 lakh SHGs and over 49 lakh members.

Veerendra Heggade Biography Wikipedia
Veerendra Heggade
BornNovember 25, 1948 (73 Years)
ReligionJainism
Other NamesHeggade/Pergade, Kavandaru, Dharmarathna, Dharmabhushana
PostDharmadhikari (Hereditary Administrator) of Dharmasthala Temple
Based inDharmastala, Karnataka, India
Period in OfficeFrom 1968 to Present
PredecessorDharmadhikari Ratnavarma Heggade
ParentsRatnavarma Heggade, Rathnamma Heggade
SiblingsHarshendra Kumar Heggade, Surendra Kumar Heggade, Rajendra Kumar Heggade, Padmalata Heggade
SpouseHemavathi Hegggade
ChildrenShraddha Heggade

Veerendra Heggade Career

Dr. Veerendra Heggade is a Dharmadhikari or administrator of the Dharamasthala Temple. He took that post at the young age of 20. In his career as an activist and administrator, he has carried the temple heritage to greater heights.

Besides lending his services to temple, he also archived a name for lending his services to mankind.  For the magnanimous services that he has rendered to mankind, he has been conferred with various prestigious awards like Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan among others.

Besides that, he was awarded the Karnataka Ratna Award and various other noted awards. This is all because of his immense contribution to cultural, economic, and social projects he undertook for the development of the society. 

Veerendra Heggade Wife

Veerendra Heggade married Hemavathi Heggade in a match arranged by their parents. They have one daughter Shraddha Heggade.

Veerendra Heggade Net Worth

Veerendra Heggade’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million- $4 million. He is also a car collector and a passionate photographer. Heggade’s car collection is on display in Dharmastala.

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Who is Veerendra Heggade?

D. Veerendra Heggade (born 25 November 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 24 October 1968, the 21st in his line. 

How old is Veerendra Heggade?

Veerendra Heggade is currently 74 years old.

Why is Veerendra Heggade trending?

D. Veerendra Heggade, philanthropist head of Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala, is among four eminent persons nominated to the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday; the others being Olympic sprinter P.T. Usha, music composer Ilaiyaraaja, and screenwriter V. Vijayendra Prasad.

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