Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade

  • President


The Heggade Chieftains at Dharmasthalaare in themselves a historic attribute that is unmatched elsewhere in India. The position of ‘Pattadhikaari’ holds religious, political, administrative, legal and developmental importance, which has been carried out to perfection to every man who has been coronated to it. The current Pattadhikaari has sustained the same age-old legacy to the extent of drawing national and international attention towards Dharmasthala.
Dr. D VeerendraHeggade succeeded his father Late Shri RathnavarmaHeggade to the position at a tender age of 20. It has been 51 years since, and his accomplishments speak volumes of his personality. In recognition of the same, a well-deserved Padma Vibhushana Award was awarded to him in 2015 by the Central Government of India.
As the President of SDM Group of Institutions, Dr. Heggade sets examples of what the education sector must look like. Rural development, women empowerment and entrepreneurship have been redefined in the area with his dream projects of SKDRDP. A stern master, he ensures that his visions are brought to life beyond expectations and with maximum positive impact.
On a personal level, you would connect to Dr. Heggade as you would to a child. While his ardent disciplines make him divinely different from commoners, his willful ventures towards social betterment make him one of us. In all, Dr. Heggade is an epitome of what an individual can be when disciplined by self and directed towards world welfare.

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The name Dharmasthala is a symbol for the confluence of all necessary social attributes. This town is where you can arrive at if you seek to find modernization grow perfectly rooted in traditions. Religion, spirituality, social welfare, education, entrepreneurship, healthcare – you name it – and you’ll find it here.
The town in Karnataka known as the temple town with a history preceding back to nearly 800 years ago has always been the place that attracted the pious. A temple town located within the privileged parts of the Western Ghats, Dharmasthala gives a visitor a sense of spiritual liberation alongside zestful experiences of life. The temple town is not only home to Lord Manjunatheshwara’s ancient temple, but a number of Jain shrines as well that are just as old and intense in nature.

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