Veerendra Heggade

Recorded live from Isha Yoga Center on June 14th 2014
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​Th​e next “In Conversation with the Mystic” will see Sadhguru discuss the “Making of a Nation – Significance of Spiritual, Religious and Cultural Ethos in a Society” with ​ Dharmadhikari Dr. Veerendra Heggade is a renowned philanthropist and has been the hereditary administrator of the Dharmasthala temple in Karnataka for over 40 years.

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About Dr. Veerendra Heggade

Dharmadhikari Dr. Veerendra Heggade is a renowned philanthropist and has been the hereditary administrator of the Dharmasthala temple in Karnataka for over 40 years. The 400-year-old Shiva temple is a household name in Karnataka, taken care of by Vaishnavite priests and administered by the Jain Heggade family, in a long tradition of multi-religiousness.
Dr. Heggade has greatly expanded the scale and scope of the services provided by the temple. His rural development initiative covers 19,028 Villages and 320 urban towns. The project facilitates empowerment of 2.59 million families in agriculture, health, sanitation, women empowerment and much more. Dr. Heggade has also established numerous charitable trusts that run hostels, schools, colleges and hospitals, and are engaged in renovating ancient temples.
In recognition of these services, Dr. Heggade has been bestowed with several state, national and international honors including the Padmabhushan in 2000, the Lalitha Kala Academy Award in 2008, Honorary FRCPS in 2005, Karnataka Rajyothsava award in 1985, Kannadiga of the Year in 2004, and Karnataka Rathna in 2009. In 2012, the SKDRDP project established and run by him won the “Green Oscar,” the Ashden International Gold Award for Initiatives in Renewable Energy.