Kukke Subramanya Swamy Temple is located at the feet of Western Ghats in Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District in Karnataka. In the past Subramanya was called by the name Kukke Pattana.
In ‘Shankara Vijaya’ Anandagiri mentioned that Sri Shankaracharya camped here for few days during his religious journey. Sri Shankaracharya referred this place as ‘Bhaje Kukke Lingam’ in his ‘Subrahmanya Bhujangaprayata Stotram’.
Sri Subrahmanya kshetra has been brilliantly described in the ‘Thirthakshetra Mahimani purana’ chapter of the Sahyadri khanda comprised in the SanatkumaraSamhita of Skanda Purana. This Temple is located on the banks of the river ‘Dhara’ which originates in the Kumara Mountain and proceeds to the western sea.
Kukke Subramanya Swamy Temple History:
According to Mythology, after killing Tharaka Asura and Shurapadmasura with their followers in a war, Subramanya Swamy and Lord Ganesh and others reached Kumara parvatha (Kumara Hills). Indra and other devatas welcomed Lord Shanmukha. Indra being happy requests Lord Muruga to marry his daughter Devasena. Lord Kumara Swamy accepts immediately to marry Indra’s daughter. The divine marriage of Lord Muruga and Devasena took place on Margashira shudha shashti in Kumara parvatha. Lord Shiva, Brahmadeva, Sri Vishnu, Rudra and many other deities gather for the marriage and crowning ceremony of Subramanya Swamy, for the marriage waters from many holy rivers were brought. With these waters of Mahabhisheka fell down and formed a river which was later known by Kumaradhara.
The Snake king Vasuki the great Shiva Bhakta was performing tapas for years in the Biladwara caves of Kukke Subrahmanya to avoid the attack of Garuda. Following Lord Shiva`s words Lord Shanmuka appeared in frount of Vasuki and blessed him that he would stay with his parama bhakta in this place forever. Since then, it is behind that Lord Shanmukha (Skanda) in his spiritual presence is residing with Vasuki in the shrine.
Kukke Subrahmanya is one among the seven holy places created by Parashurama is mythologically and historically famous for “Nagaradhane”. Residing with Sarpa Raja Vasuki, Lord Subrahmanya showers his divine elegance on devotees as the presiding deity of the Kshetram. It is also called “Guptha Kshetra”. “Mruthika Prasada” given here is regarded as sacrosanct. The devotees believe that the holy bath in the Kumaradhara Thirtha and Madesnana eradicate dreaded diseases like leprosy. Diseases related to skin, the devotees firmly believe, get cured here. God Subrahmanya has earned an honorific title “Annadana Subbappa”. Thousands of devotees receive Annadana everyday here. The devotees find solace here after performing “Sarpasamskara”, Naga Prathiste”, “Ashlesha Bali” for sarpa dosha, which causes barrenness / infertility, skin disease, blindness, bhoomidosha etc. God Subrahmanya is the destroyer of the sorrows f innumerable Janmas receives the Sevas of devotees done with devotion and dedication and fulfills their wishes and hence in Kaliyugh hi is behind as “Prathyaksha God” Devaru.
Temple Postal Address:
Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple,
Subrahamanya Post, Sullia Taluk,
Dakshina Kannada District,
Karnataka – 574238
91-8257- 281224 (Office)
91-8257-281265 (Protocol Section)
91-8257-281300 (Sarpa Samskara Section)
91-8257-281400 (Information Center)
Fax No: 91-8257-281800
How to reach: Kukke Subramanya Swamy Temple is 285 kms from Bangalore.
By Road:– From Mangalore, Bangalore, Dharmastala, Mysore etc. KSRTC operates buses on a daily basis from these and other places.
Airport:- Mangalore International Airport, at a distance of 115 km. Mangalore International Airport, Bajpe Phone: 0824-2254252, 245104, Bangalore International Airport – 300 Kms.
Rail:- Daily passenger train services are available from Mangalore, Bangalore. From the Station local transport services available for an approx Ticket cost of Rs. 20 per head. It takes 15 minutes to reach the temple.
Mangalore railway Station – 110Kms.
Uttur railway Station – 60Kms.
Nettana Railway Station (Subrahmanya Cross Road) – 12Kms
Subrahmanya Road Railway station (SBHR), Nettana Ph: 08251-262241
KSRTC buses and private taxies are available from Bangalore, Mysore, Hasan, Mangalore, Puttur, Madikeri, Sullia, Dharmasthala and some other places
From Bangalore: via Nelamangala, Kunigal, Hassan,Sakaleshpura, Gundya
From Mangalore: via BC Road, Uppinangadi, and Kadaba
From Mysore: via Kushalnagar, Madikeri, and Sullia