Dr. Veerendra Heggade is the administrative head of the Dharmasthala temple and a philanthropist. As the chief of Manjunatha Swamy temple he has implemented several unique programs for the spiritual upliftment. Within Dharmasthala itself, he has modernized the temple administration and care for the devotees. As a result, the small village called Dharmasthala has become a shining jewel in the map of Karanataka. He also provides charity to community activities and has organized many public programs.