Bangalore (Karnataka), January 13: Dr.D.Veerendra Heggade, dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala has been awarded with the coveted 'Karnataka Ratna' award for the year 2009. This has been awarded to Dr.Heggade as a recognition to his outstanding contribution to humanity. 'Karnataka Ratna' is the highest civilian award in Karnataka.
Dr. Heggade took over as the 21st Heggade of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala on the 24th of October 1968 while he was a young man of 20 years. Since then he has been constantly involved in the religious, social, education and literary activites and has brought about a phenomenal change in his areas of involvement. He is also the recipient of Padmabhushana (from the Government of India), Karnataka Rajyotsava Award (from the Government of Karnataka), Vatika Kannadiga of the Year, Indiras Gandhi Priyadarshini Award, Basavasri Award, Gaints International Award, FICCI Award, FRCS Fellowship and many more. The different samaj's accross the world have conferred him with diferent titles - Abhinava Chavundaraya, Dharmabhushana, Dharmaratnakara, Dharmayogi, Samajaratna, Tirthabhakta, Shiromani, Dharmashri and many more.
Dr.Heggade known for his scientific approach in tackling the problems in society has been the force behind many activites such as Rennovation of Jain temples (through Dharmottana Trust), Rural Development Programmes, Mass Marriages, Morality building programmes and establishment of many educational institutions of global standard. - Jain Heritage Centres News Service