Sri Manjunatha (film)

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Sri Manjunatha
Sri Manjunatha.jpg
Theatrical release poster of the Kannada version
Directed byK. Raghavendra Rao
Produced byNara Jayasridevi
Written byK. Raghavendra Rao
Story byGowda
Tanikella Bharani
Music byHamsalekha
CinematographySundarnath Suvarna
Edited byR. Janardhan
Chinni films
Release date
22 June 2001 (kannada)
31 July 2001 (telugu)
Running time
152 minutes

Sri Manjunatha is a 2001 Indian bilingual imaginational devotional movie.[1][2][3] Shot simultaneously in the Kannada language, and Telugu language starring, Chiranjeevi, Meena, Arjun Sarja and Soundarya in the lead roles, while Ambareesh, Dwarakish and Mimicry Dayanand play the supporting roles.[1]

The film, directed by K. Raghavendra Rao and produced by Jayashri Devi, received positive reviews.[2][3] The film is based on the life of the Shaiva devotee, Bhakta Manjunatha of the Kotilingeshwara Temple. The actors Dwarakish and Mimicry Dayanand are replaced by Brahmanandam and Tanikella Bharani in the Telugu version.[4][5] The Telugu dialogues were written by J. K. Bharavi. The Kannada-Telugu version was released on 22 June 2001 worldwide, while the dubbed Tamil version was released in Tamil Nadu in August 2001.[2][3] The Kannada version was screened in the International Film Festival of India.[6][7]


Manjunatha is an epithet of Lord Shiva. 'Manju' means snow and 'Natha' means lord. Since Sri Shiva resides on Sri Kailashagiri, he is hence the ruler of the Himalaya Mountains in addition to being the lord of that loka (dimension). Therefore, he is called Manjunatha. Manjunatha is one of the most common names in Karnataka state for males and Manjula for females. Both are commonly called by the nickname name "Manju." This is mostly because of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha Swamy located in Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala.


Manjunatha (Arjun Sarja) is an atheist, but a good person helping others in need and fighting evil and so even though Manjunatha hates his namesake Lord Manjunatha (Chiranjeevi), the latter loves his would be devotee. Being an atheist, Manjunatha always scolds Lord Shiva which is watched by his Maha Vahanam Shri Nandi (Dwarakish) and Bhrungi (Mimicry Dayanand). Manjunatha meets Katyayini (Soundarya) a to-become devadasi and marries her. Soon they beget a son, Siddhartha ("Siddhu"), who like his mother is a staunch devotee of Lord Manjunatha.

After marriage Manjunatha realises the existence of the Supreme and slowly transforms himself into a great devotee of Lord Manjunatha and with his devotion, wins the hearts of everybody including the local King, Ambikeswara Maharaju (Ambareesh) who invites him to his court where he felicitates Manjunatha much to Manjunatha's dislike where the king realises that Manjunatha is going to die.

In the meantime Manjunatha starts a Koti Lingam Puja. Manjunatha is also troubled by his enemies and is aided by Lord Manjunatha who comes in various disguises to save his devotee and help him and his wife attain salvation.




Sri Manjunatha is the only, or one of the few movies, specially showed for Swamijis in Karnataka. Most of the Swamijis from ashrams or mutts in South India were invited. Sri Manjunatha is Arjun Sarja's 108th Movie. Director Rajamouli worked as assistant for the movie.


  1. "Aanandha Paramaanandha"
  2. "Aakashave Aakara"/ "Aakasame aakaramai" (Sri Manjunatha Charitha)
  3. "Brahma Murari"
  4. "Ee Paadhe Puje"
  5. "Hey Bindige"
  6. "Mangala Slokekalu"
  7. "Yaavon Kanda Ninna"
  8. "Obbane Obbane Manjunathanobbane"/"Okkade okkade Manjunadudokkade"
  9. "Obbane Obbane Bit"
  10. "Jogappa Jangamma"
  11. "Ohm Aksharaya Namaha"
  12. "Om Mahaprana Deepam"
  13. "Sri Manjunatha Theme Music"[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Telugu Cinema – Review – Sri Manjunatha – Chiranjeevi, Meena, Arjun, Soundarya – K Raghavendra Rao".
  2. ^ a b c Raghavan, Nikhil (6 September 2014). "Once again a gentleman" – via
  3. ^ a b c "Sri Manjunatha". 6 July 2001 – via
  4. ^ a b c d "Sri Manjunatha is a beautifully told devotional story –".
  5. ^ a b c d "Sri Manjunatha Telugu Movie, Wiki, Story, Review, Release Date, Trailers,Sri Manjunatha 2001 – Filmibeat". FilmiBeat.
  6. ^ "Sri Manjunatha (2001) – Hamsalekha".
  7. ^ "Sri Manjunatha review: Sri Manjunatha (Telugu) Movie Review —".

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