DURING INAUGUATION OF SDM DHARMOTHANA TRUST AT DHARMASTHALA
Determined to salvage and restore monuments to their pristine glory and bring them into the mainstram of life, Shri Veerendra Heggade established the
Late Mathrushree Rathnamma & Shri Surendra Kumar
at the re-built temple at Ummathur, Chamarajanagara District
Once the ravaged temple is identified, the task of restoration is handed over to an expert committee who inspects the site and assesses the cost of renovating the temple. Once this is done, the task force of engineers, retired archeological professionals, historians, architects especially who posses knowledge of agama shastra and sculptors take over the site and begin restoration. To help retain the original structure, extensive search is carried out in and around the ruined site to try and salvage pieces of the stone structure that might have got strewn around. Once the task of reconstruction begins, every effort is made to retain the original structure by following the period details and architectural styles. Artisans trained in stone cutting and engravaving are employed to recreate pieces that match the missing ones.
Though these projects are mainly funded by the Trust, active involvement of the local community and government agencies is sought so that the restored temple becomes a part of life of those living around it.
All donations made to the Trust by donors from around the country, are channeled to the local fund to help ease their financial strain. In recognition of the spirit and commitment of the Trust, the Government of Karnataka shares 40% of the total renovation cost. The Dharmothana Trust pools in 40% and the remaining 20% is collected from the local populace or institutions to ensure their active participation in the project.
Dr. Heggade is connoisseur of ancient temple, Architecture, historical monuments and antiques. He has promoted Dharmothana Trust for renovation of historical buildings in the state of Karnataka. Since inception, the Dharmothana Trust has taken up 195 monuments and jinamandhiras have been renovated to their old glory.
• Number of Temples restored : 200
• Number of Districts covered : 25
• Amount Spent from Dharmothana Trust : 18.25 crores