A byword for dana and dharma. And he was followed by a line of
illustrious representatives who strove to maintain the sanctity of the shrine by
building up new traditons, in addition to expanding the
existing ones with all kinds of facilities. The ruling princes of Mysore and
Coorg, realising its potentialities endowed it with villages, jewels besides
huge amounts in cash. They bestowed many titles on the Heggades in charge of
figure was Sri Ratna Varma Heggade in whose period many developmental activities
were undertaken and executed with master plans. Then came the tenure of Sri
Virendra Heggade, which inaugurated an era of expansion. His far-sighted, benign
policies and lofty-minded administrative reforms enabled the shrine grow into
dasadisas - vertically, horizontally and circularly too. Being a devout theist
in spirit, word and action, he dedicated himself to the service of the devotees
and translating the truth of adage - service to humanity is service to Divinity.
His English education and tours abroad made his fertile sensive mind blossom to
the fullest extent and become responsible in introducing dynamism in every
sphere of temple management.