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| Manjusha Museum in Dharmastala
Manjusha museum has a unique collection of heritage objects as well as the artefacts, which were in use till recently in the coastal area.
Manjusha museum has a vast collection of Indian stone and metal sculpture, paintings, items of jewellery, objects of worship and utilitarian objects created by the craftsmen of the coastal area. This collection at Manjusha Museum is outcome of 35 years of his dedicated effort. His collection does not just stop at the heritage objects but also brings the objects that were part of the scientific development of the country. His keen interest in photography enabled him to acquire the smallest to the largest size of the cameras. Another passionate interest of Dr. Heggade is the Vintage Collection, which draws the attention of people of many countries. This part of the collection provides source material for those who want to conduct research on the various aspects of our civilization.
The Manjusha collection not only gladdens the hearts of the visitors, but also educates them to a great extent. The sight of objects like domestic vessels, ritual objects, toys and games and even manuscripts which are very familiar to them arouse a new awareness amongst the visitors from neighboring places. They get motivated and make up their minds either to donate the antique objects in their possession to Manjusha Museum or to preserve them with care. The entire collection until now has remained carefully protected and is accessible to the pilgrims and scholars alike. Manjusha Museum at Dharmasthala is a veritable treasure house of lovingly preserved pieces of history.
It may be mentioned here with humility and sincerity that the cardinal purpose of bringing together the Indian heritage objects in the collection of Manjusha Museum is to provide divine experience and aesthetic delight to the viewers.
Ancient temple chariots are yet another portion of our heritage that draw the attention of Shri Heggade. These magnificent juggernauts with their carvings and decorations have often suffered neglect and begun to be looked upon as white elephants. Such temple chariots are brought to Dharmasthala and restored to their original grandeur by dedicated craftsmen so that people may once again admire the beauty of these chariots of the gods.
The ancient scripts are deciphered by scholars and experts and translated into modern languages so that the gems of ancient literature may once again find their true place in Indian literature.
The ancient scripts are deciphered by scholars and experts and translated into modern languages so that the gems of ancient literature may once again find their true place in Indian literature. The Sri Manjunatheshwara Cultural Research Foundation of the Kshethra Dharmasthala has over 5,000 manuscripts of considerable antiquity in Sanskrit, Kannada, Tulu and a couple manuscripts in Prakrit and Tamil. About 2,500 manuscripts in Sanskrit are on Valmiki's Ramayanam, Bhaskaracharya's Jyotisa Siddantha Shiromane. Bana's Nataka and a host of manuscripts on Upanishads and Sastras. The Section also possesses over 400 Tulu manuscripts including some on Yakshagana prasangas. According to Mr. G. M. Umapati Shastri who is in charge of the Research Foundation there are 160 manuscripts on Yakshagana alone.
A copy of the Holy Bible translated from the Latin Vulgate and edited with notes by the Rev. Geo Leo Haydock and published in the United States in 1609 is among the rare and out-of-print books of the foundation. Sri D. Veerendra Heggade says there is a move to microfilm the entire collection.
In this priceless collection, there is a whole section devoted to an amazing variety of horse drawn carriages and antique cars. Maintained in pristine condition, these vintage beauties are, even today ready to take the road.