Kukke Subramanya lies in the midst of rain forests in Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada. Kukke Subramanya temple situated here is dedicated to Lord Subramanya and is situated on the banks of Kumaradhara river. Kukke Subramanya attracts many tourists and pilgrims.
The sanctity and sacredness of the place is well maintained by the temple administration. Kukke Subramanya is blessed with abundant natural beauty.
Streams, mist covered mountains, deep forests surround the place. The place is also highly infested with poisonous King Cobras.
Interestingly the presiding deity of the temple is Lord Subramanya in the form of Lord Nagaraja (king of snakes). During the early days, people dying due to snake bite was very common and due to this fear the people of this region often pray to the Lord of snakes to protect them.
Legend of this place:
Lord Subramanya / Shanmukha and his brother Lord Ganesh came to Kumara Parvatha after killing the demon rulers, Tharakasura and Shurpadmasura. Lord Indra (King of gods) proposed that Subramanya should marry his daughter Devasena. Subramanya agreed to the proposal and their marriage was held on Mragashira Shudha shashthi at Kumara Parvatha (hill). Waters from all the holy rivers in India was bought for the ceremony and an abhishekha was performed. The water of this abhishekha is believed to have formed the Kumaradhara River.
In the Biladwara caves of Kukke Subramanya, the serpent king Vasuki / Nagaraj who was a great devotee of Lord Shiva was performing an intense meditation continuously for many years. On the behest of Lord Shiva, Lord Subramanya appeared in front of Vasuki and blessed him saying that he (Lord Subramanya) would stay with him forever. Hence the place is the abode of Lord Vasuki and Lord Subramanya.
Sri Shankaracharya has mentioned this place as Bhaje Kukke Lingam in the Subramanya Bhujangapryata Strotram. There are many other small temples in the temple complex. Various Muttas / institutions are also situated inside the complex.
Afternoon free lunch as prasada / blessed food is served to all the devotees.
Interesting places around:
- Kumaraparvatha: Hill famous for trekking and spotting cobras
- Yadakumeri Railway tunnels
- Adi Subrahmanya : Valmiki Anthill
- Kashikatte Ganapathi
- Biladwara : Caves
- Kumaradhara river (Bathing Ghat)
Type of place: Ancient Temple
Distance: 115 from Mangalore
Transport: Well connected by road and rail
Facilities: Lodges, restaurants, rest rooms are available
Temple timings: 7-00 AM to 1-30 PM3-30 PM to 8-00 PM
Temple Address :
Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple
Dakshina Kannada District
Pin -574 238
91-8257-281300 (Sarpa Samskara Section)