Kukke Subramanya Temple

Ultimate Guide to the Enchanting Kukke Subramanya Temple: Everything You Must Know Before Your 2024 Visit – Rachana Travels


The beautiful Kukke Subramanya temple is situated in the charming village of Subramanya, nestled in the picturesque Kadaba taluk of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, India. Subramanya, the lord of all serpents, is worshipped in this temple. According to the epics, the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents sought shelter under Subramanya when they were in danger from the Garuda. The priests in the temple belong to the Madhva Brahmin community. The poojas and other daily rituals in the temple are conducted according to Madhvacharya’s Tantra Sara Sangraha

Welcome to the Kukke Subrahmanya Temple!

A river flows peacefully in front of the temple.

The Kukke Subramanya Temple can be found nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats range of Karnataka. The temple is situated near the renowned Kumara Parvatha mountain, which attracts hikers from all over South India. Kumara Parvatha forms a picture-perfect backdrop to the temple entrance and the Shesha Parvatha (a mountain shaped like a six-headed mythological serpent, adjacent to Kumara Parvatha) looks like a cobra with its open hood, as if protecting the temple shrine of Lord Subramanya. The temple is located on the beautiful western slopes of the Ghats, surrounded by lush evergreen forests.

Located in the Kadaba Taluk of Dakshina Kannada, the village of Subramanya is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of nature. It is a place that exudes a unique sanctity, making it truly special. The temple is situated in the heart of the village. The rivers, forests, and mountains that surround the temples showcase the unhidden beauty of nature in all its glory.

Located approximately 105 km away from Mangalore, this destination can be conveniently accessed by train, buses, or taxis. In the past, Subramanya was known as Kukke Pattana. Mahimanipurana’ chapter of the Sahyadrikhanda comprised in the Sanatkumara Samhita of Skanda Purana. This location is found on the banks of the river ‘Dhara’, which starts in the Kumara mountain and flows towards the western sea.

Kukke Subrahmanya Temple! Temple

Pilgrims going to the temple have to cross the Kumaradhara River and take a holy dip in the river before entering the temple for their darshan holy viewing of the Lord.

Visitors are welcomed into the courtyard through the entrance at the back, where they can respectfully walk around the deity. There’s a beautiful Garuda pillar covered in silver between the sanctorum and the portico entrance. People happily walk around this pillar. It is believed that this pillar was enchanted and planted there to shield devotees from the poisonous flames arising from the breath of Vasuki, who resides inside.

Just beyond the pillar lies the outer hall, followed by the inner hall, and finally the sacred sanctorum of Sri Subrahmanya. In the heart of the sanctorum lies a pedestal. At the elevated platform, you’ll find the revered deities of Sri Subrahmanya, Vasuki, and Shesha placed slightly lower. Ritual worship is offered to these deities every day. The temple is gaining more and more recognition as people discover its deep religious significance and significance.

Let’s explore the fascinating world of history

According to one belief, after killing the demon rulers Tharaka, Shurapadmasura and their followers in a war, Lord Shanmukha reached Kumara Parvatha with his brother Ganesha and others. Indra and his followers warmly welcomed him. Indra was overjoyed as he prayed to Lord Kumara Swamy, requesting him to accept and marry his daughter Devasena. The Lord graciously agreed to Indra’s heartfelt plea. The sacred union occurred on Margashira shudha shashti at Kumara Parvatha. Gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and many other deities assembled for the marriage and coronation ceremony of Shanmukha for which waters of several holy rivers were brought.

A river known as Kumaradhara was formed when the waters of Mahabhisheka cascaded down. The great Shiva Bhakta and Serpent king Vasuki was performing tapas for years in the Biladwara caves of Kukke Subrahmanya to avoid the attack of Garuda. Following Lord Shiva’s assurance Shanmuka gave darshan to Vasuki and blessed him that he would stay as his parama bhakta in this place forever. Hence the poojas offered to Vasuki or Nagaraja are nothing but the poojas to Lord Subrahmanya.

Puja activities

At Kukke Subramanya Temple, you can participate in the Ashlesha Bali ceremonies and Sarpa Samskara, which are two significant Sarpa Dosha ceremonies. These ceremonies are also conducted at Kudupu in Mangaluru and Katukukke in Dakshina Kannada. For the past 700 years, the temple has been blessed with the poojas and daily rituals performed by the Madhva Brahmins, following the sacred “Tantra Sara Sangraha” of Madhvacharya.

Enjoy a stunning view of the temple, with the temple car in the foreground and Kumar Parvatha majestically rising in the background.

Ashlesha Bali

Ashlesha Bali or Ashlesha Bali is one of the important Kaalasarpa dosha ceremonies performed at Kukke Subramanya temple. Lord Subramanya is widely recognized as a guardian against Kaalasarpa dosha and Kuja dosha. The Kukke Sri Kshetra temple is well-known for its significance in addressing Sarpadosha. Aslesha Bali is performed on Aslesha nakshatra every month.

Aslesha Bali in Kukke Subramaya temple will be performed in two shifts – 7:00 am and 9.15 am. Those who want to perform this ceremony need to report for sankalpa with Purohita inside the temple either at 7:00 am or 9.15 am. After the completion of Homa Poornahuthi, devotees will get prasada. Devotees believe Shravana masa, Karthika masa, and Margashira masa are the most auspicious months to perform Aslesha bali at Kukke temple.

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