D. Veerendra Heggade (born 25 November 1948) is an Indian philanthropist and the hereditary administrator/Dharmadhikari of the Dharmasthala Temple. He succeeded to the post at the age of 19, on 24 October 1968, the 21st in his line. He administers the temple and its properties, which are held in trust for the benefit of devotees and of Dharma. He has received multiple awards for his many contributions. He was awarded the Karnataka Ratna award for the year 2009, the highest civilian award in Karnataka.