Nestled between hills, this pilgrim center is famous for the 5000 years old Kukke Subramanya temple on the banks of Kumaradhara river. The epics narrate how the divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes took refuge under Lord Subrahmanya, in the caves. Here Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped as a snake and pooja is offered to Him, who is merged with serpent king Vasuki. Hence, believed to be the ultimate solace for salvation from any sort of Naga Doshas. A ritual dance called Nagamandala is also performed here.
History: Kukke Subramanya is one of the seven holy places created by Saint Parashurama. Divine serpent Vasuki is believed to have taken refuge in Kukke Subramanya while being hunted by Garuda (legendary bird and official vehicle of Lord Vishnu). Lord Kumaraswamy and his brother Lord Ganesha are said to have killed demon rulers Tharaka and Shura Padmasurya in Kumara Parvatha near Kukke Subramanya. Post victory, Lord Kumaraswamy married the daughter of Indra- Devasena. All major gods attended the wedding event, bestowing divine powers to the place.
Popular rituals: Ashlesha Bali (prayers seeking protection from black snake) and Sarpa dosha parihara (removal of any curse of snake god) are two popular puja rituals offered at Kukke Subramanya Temple. These rituals can be booked online as well.
Places to visit near Kukke Subramanya Temple:
Kumara Parvatha near Kukke Subramanya is a popular trekking destination. Dharmasthala (55kms), Madikeri (75 kms), Bisle Ghat (20 kms) are some of the attractions to visit along with Kukke Subramanya
How to reach Kukke Subramanya Temple:
Kukke Subramanya is 280 kms from Bengaluru and 105 kms from Mangaluru (nearest airport). Subramanya Road railway station is 12 kms from Kukke Subramanya. Limited bus services are available to reach Kukke from Mangaluru or Bengaluru.
Places to stay near Subramanya Temple:
Multiple budget hotels are available around Subramanya Temple
Official website: Kukke Subramanya Temple