Manjusha Museum is a unique museum of its kind in the temple town of Dharmasthala in South Canara district, showcasing vintage cars, temple chariots and ancient artifacts.
Manjusha museum is privately owned and curated by Dr Veerendra Hedge, Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, known for its popular Manjunatha temple. The vast collections of jewelry, paintings, sculptures, cars, precious stones and other artifacts at Manjusha has been achieved after 35 years of dedication in sourcing and maintaining objects of pride and significance. Dr. Veerendra Hegde’s passion for photography is also seen from the display of camera collection.
Terracotta coins from the Mauryan period (1st century BC), 300 years old Veena (a musical instrument) and a large fleet of exotic vintage cars are key highlights of the museum.
Museum Timings: Manjusha museum is open daily between 9 AM and 5.30 PM. Photography is not allowed inside Manjusha Museum. A booklet showcasing photos and details of exhibits can be purchased.
Places to visit near the Museum: Kukke Subramanya (55 kms), Moodubidiri (51 kms) and Mangaluru (75 kms) can be visited along with Dharmasthala.
How to reach the Museum:
Dharmasthala is 311 kms from Bengaluru and 75 kms from Mangaluru. Mangaluru is also the nearest airport. Putturu railway station is the closest railway station (49 kms). Dharmasthala has good bus service from Mangaluru city.
Places to stay near Manjusha Museum: Dharmasthala temple management runs a guest house which can be booked online. Private lodges and hotels are available near temple.