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Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Temple
Kukke Shri Subramanya Temple

Kukke Shri Subramanya Temple

Lapped in the luxurious abundance of the beauty of the nature the village of Subramanya lies in the Sullia Taluk in Dakshina Kannada with a sancity which very few places can boast of. The temple is situated in the heart of the village. Nature reveals herself in all her unhidden beauty in the rivers, forests and mountains which the temples is surrounded by. It is about a 105 KM from Mangalore and can be easily reached by train,buses or taxis.

Subramanya used to be called as Kukke Pattana in the past. In the ‘Shankara Vijaya’ Anandagiri observes that Sri Shankaracharya camped here for a few days during his religious expedition (Digvijaya). Shankaracharya referred to this place as ‘Bhaje Kukke Lingam’ in his ‘Subrahmanya Bhujangaprayata Stotram’.

Sri Subrahmanya kshetra has been brilliantly described in the ‘Thirthakshetra Mahimanipurana’ chapter of the Sahyadrikhanda comprised in the Sanatkumara Samhita of Skanda Purana. This kshetra is situated in the banks of the river ‘Dhara’ which originates in the Kumara mountain and proceeds to the western sea.


According to one Mythology, after killing the demon rulers, Tharaka, Shurapadmasura and their followers in a war, Lord Shanuka reached Kumara parvatha with his brother Ganesh and others. He was received by Indra and his followers. Indra being very happy prayed Lord Kumara swamy to accept and marry his daughter Devasena for which the Lord readily agreed. The divine marriage took place 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. With these waters of Mahabhisheka fell down to form a river which was later known by the popular name Kumaradhara.

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 with 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

Ashlesha Bali Pooja & Sarpa Samskara are two important Sarpa Dosha Poojas are done at Kukke Subramanya Temple.

Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Swami Moola Devaru

Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Swami Moola Devaru

Ashlesha Bali

Aslesha Bali pooja is one of the important Kaalasarpa dosha poojas performed at Kukke Subramanya temple. Lord Subramanya is known as the protector from Kaalasarpa dosha and Kuja dosha. Kukke Sri Kshetra temple is the most popular for Sarpadosha puja.

Aslesha Bali puja in Kukke Subramaya temple will be performed in two shifts – 7:00 am and 9.15 am. Those who want to perform this puja 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 Puja, devotees will get prasadam. Devotees believe Shravana masa, Karthika masa, and Margashira masa are the most auspicious months to perform Aslesha bali puja at Kukke temple.

Sarpa Samskara / Sarpa Dosha

Sarpa Samskara / Sarpa Dosha is one of the poojas performed by devotees at this temple to get rid of the sarpa dosha. Persons who are afflicted with this dosha are advised by astrologers / horoscope writers to perform this pooja for their own wellbeing. Pooja can be done either by the afflicted person himself if he is male and married, or through a priest. This is because the pooja involves rituals similar to those done while performing shrartham (funeral rites). Sarpa Samskara seva devotees are required to be present for two days. The seva is performed during the daytime, with no particular poojas in the evening. Food arrangements will be made for these devotees by the temple devasthanam, for up to four persons per seva.

Important Festivals :

Name of the Festival
From Karthika Bahula Dwadashi Margashira Shuddha Dwadashi Champa Shashti Rathothsava
Pushya Shuddha Shashti Kirushashti Utsava
Magha Shuddha Sapthami Ratha Sapthami Utsava
Makara Sankramana Kukke Linga Jatra
Mesha Sankramana Vishu Sankramana Utsava
Magha Bahula Thrayodashi Maha Shivarathri
Sharavana Shuddha Panchami Nagara Panchami

Places to see:

1. Shree Subrahmanya :

Lord Subrahmanya is the main deity of Subrahmanya. The main entrance of the temple lies to the east. The devotees will enter from west through main Gopuram and enters the inner quadrangle from the east. There is a pedestal in the centre of the sanctum. On the upper Dias there is the idol of Shree Subrahmanya and then the idol of Vasuki and little lower the idol of Shesha. While entering the inner quadrangle devotees should remove their shirts and banyans.

2. Kukke Linga :

To the west of inner sanctum there is a cluster of Lingas known as Kukke Lingas. The Lingas were kept in basket.

3. Kala Bairava Devaru :

The shrine of Lord Bairava is situated at the southern side of the inner sanctum.

4. Umamaheshwara :

This image can be found in the north eastern side of the main sanctum. The images of Soorya, Ambika, Vishnu and Ganapathi are also found here.

5. Hosoligamma :

The shrine of Hosoligamma lies to the southern side of the main sanctum. The images of Soorya, Ambika, Vishnu and Ganapathi are also found here.

6. Sringeri Mutt :

This mutt is situated to north east of the main sanctum in the outer quadrangle. Chandramauleshwara is the main deity of this temple.

7. Ballalaraya Vigraha :

This statue of Ballala King can be found while entering the main temple. It is believed that Subrahmanya was once the capital of Ballala King.

8. Uttaradi Mutt :

This Mutt is situated on the northern side of car street.

9. Adi Subrahmanya :

A road on the northern side of the main Gopuram leads to Adi Subrahmanya. 0.25 KM of walk will take you to Adi Subrahmanya temple. One can see a great Valmmika (anthill) in the sanctum. Here daily poojas are conducted and devotees can offer sevas to Shree Subrahmanya.

10. Kashikatte Ganapathi :

This is situated beside the main road towards Kumaradhara about 0.25 KM from the main temple. Here temples of Ganapathi and Anjaneya are seen. It is believed that the idol of Ganapathi found here is very ancient and installed by sage Narada.

11. Biladwara :

On the way from main temple of Kumaradhara you come across a very sacred place called Biladwara which is 0.30 KM from the main temple. It is said that Vasuki (Serpentking) lay hiding in this cave in order to escape from Garude. It is a cave surrounded by beautiful garden.

12. Kumaradhara river (Bathing Ghat) :

A holy river sanctifies this pilgrim center. It originates from Kumaraparvatha. As a natural charmer, the river cascades down great height and muters lush vegetation of the region. Its journey links with Nethravathi, a holy river of Dakshina Kannada district and joins Arabian Sea. As the river flows over the rocks and thick forest areas it is sure that all the skin diseases will be cured if pilgrims take bath in this river.
Note : As the river is very deep and flows very fast one has to take care while taking bath.

13. Darpana Theertha :

A tributary of Kumaradhara flows in front of the outer quadrangle of the main temple. It is believed that a mirror (Darpana) and an Akshaya patra (Kopparige with full of gold jewels) happened to come floating down from mountain and the same was collected by temple authority.

14. Sri Subrahmanya Mutt :

This Mutt belonging to the Dwaitha tradition, situated to the south east of outer quadrangle of the Temple. It is belived that Sri Madwacharya made his brother Vishnuteerthacharya, his disiple and gave this Mutt. The present sheer of this Mutt is Sri Sri Sri Vidyaprasanna Theertha Swamiji. Now Mutt runs a educational Institution provides value based education at Bilinele. Kukke shri Abhaya Ganapathi Temple, Sri Vanadurga DeviTemple, Somanatha Temple and Samputa Narasimha Temple are also managed by the Mutt.

15. Samputa Narasimha :

This Temple is situated in the south eastern side of the main sanctum. It is believed that the image of this God is handed over to Madvacharya by Shree Veda Vyasa.This temple belongs to Shree Subrahmanya Mutt.

16.Vanadurga Devi Temple :

This temple lies about 0.50KM away from the main temple, Recently this was renovated by using specially designed red stones on traditional style. Daily poojas are conducted here and devoteed offer sevas to Goddess.

17. Kukke Shree Abhaya Mahaganapathi :

It is situates on the left side of the main road to Kumaradhara, about 0.45 KM from the main temple. It is one of the biggest monolithic statues of Ganapa. It is 21 feet tall. The architecture of the shrine is in Nepali style.

18 . Somanatha Temple Agrahara :

This ancient temple is situated on the left bank of Kumaradhara. It is 1.5 KM far from main temple. This place is also called Panchami Theertha. In this place Swamijis of Shree Subrahmanya Mutt are entombed. About 16 tombs of Swamijis are found here.

19. Basaveshwar Temple Kulkunda :

On the way to Mangalore, 2 KM from the main temple, you come across the Basaweshwara temple. Idol of Basava kept here openly.

20. Hari Hareshwara Temple :

A small but mythologically significant place of worship, Harihareshwara temple is situated 8 KM away from Subrahmanya town. It is the abode of both Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara) A panoramic view of the Western Ghat can be seen if you stand in front of this Temple.

Contact details:
Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Temple
Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District
Pin -574 238

91-8257- 281423
91-8257-281700 (E.O)
91-8257-281300 (Sarpa Samskara Section)
Fax No:91-8257-281800

12 Responses to Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Temple

  1. K. N. ADIGA


    To know about and and to see the photographs

  2. sripad,rashmi,anish and nirmala

    thanks for the place details.
    I had a dream in which some one telling us that we have to visit the Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Temple for our problems. once i heard about the place through news channels because sachin tendulkar visited the temple for some pooja. when canwe have the darshana and some sevas.
    Nirmala Deshpande.


    We were very happy to see the website and the photos with the detailed information of the Lord and the temple. Thank you very much.

  4. gayathri

    we are very happy , we see the temple photos and a lot of information of the kukke subramanyaswami temple thanks u so much.

  5. gayathri

    subramanyaswami temple thanks u so much.

  6. aparna

    Very good guidelines and information for the tourists. Thanks a lot…………..

  7. aparna

    Its a very useful information for the tourist…. to approach the temple……

  8. Kupendra Kups

    Hi All,
    It’s nice portal for devotees and for those who wanted to do Sarpa Samskar (dosha). Thank you for the information about Shri Kukke Subramanya Swamy Temple.
    Kupendra Kups

  9. Mahadev.K.S.

    I had booked for Sarpasamskara seva on 02/03/2016,now please change and give me the puja date for11/03/2016
    Order no. KKSV56400,

  10. Prakash

    Hi sir

    I am from Bangalore, when I visited Kukke last time they wrote some Pooja name, I wanted to perform that Pooja but I am not able to understand that Pooja name. Please provide mobile no so I will send that picture in what’s app.

    Thank you

  11. Veerabhadra

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I think this is Shivalli community website and not sure how these are temples related to one community page. Temples are public property and not belong to one single community. I felt it is really confusing for the readers as they think this is a government page/maintained by Temple management and post comments regarding Puja details.

    Thank You

  12. gotiruapti

    thanks for providing such information

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