" Padma Bhushana
Dr. D. Veerandra Heggade
Dharmadikari of Shrikshetra Dharmastala."
It is great Privilege for us to say a few words about our illustrious and revered chairman Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala. Having had a glorious and a memorable past, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala is now a hub of multifarious educational, religious and cultural activities that have been presided over, inspired and guided by Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade ever since he assumed office of the Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, when he was just 20 years old.
As the president of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Educational Trust Ujire, Dr Veerendra Heggade runs more than forty educational institutions, which include Arts, Commerce, Law colleges, a college of Business Management, an Engineering college, a Dental college, a Physiotherapy college and to top it all a Medical College at Dharwad. Besides these, he runs a womens college and an M.B.A. College at Mysore , Ayurveda Colleges at Udupi and Hassan and numerous High Schools and Elementry Schools . Dr. Heggade is the architect of mass marriage at Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala. In addition to these, he runs a mobile dispensary for the benefit of the poor. Ha has adopted several villages surrounding Sri Kshetra for poverty eradication and development.
The installation of the Statue of Bhagwan Bahubali at Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala by Dr. Heggade in the year 1982 earned him the great title Abhinava Chauvandaraya. In the Silver Jublee year of his pattabhisheka during 1992-93 the title Rajashri was conferred upon him. In recognition of his village development programmes and philanthropic activities the title Padma Bhushana was conferred upon by the Govt, of India in March, 2000. Over and above these awards and titles, he secured the FICCI awards twice for his humanitarian and rural development activities.