Among the prominent and must-visit temples of Karnataka, Kukke temple takes a special place for its spiritual importance. Kukke Subramanya is a Hindu temple located in the village of Subramanya, in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The temple is famous for practices related to Naga Dosha and lores attached to them are way beyond our logic. Come, let’s get into details and know a few facts about Kukke Subramanya temple on today’s read.
Kukke Subramanya Temple (Built 5000 years ago)
The temple is dedicated to Karthikeya worshipped as Subramanya. A story goes like the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refuge under Subramanya when threatened by Garuda.
The temple is located in the range of beautiful Western Ghats. There is Kumara Parvatha overlooking the temple; a popular hiking destination for trekkers across South India.
Kumara Parvatha looks gorgeous in the backdrop to the temple entrance and Shesha Parvatha looks exactly like a Cobra protecting the temple shrine of Subramanya. Shesha Parvatha meaning a mountain shaped like a six-headed serpent.
Subramanya is located in the Sullya taluk of Dakshina Kannada surrounded by lush green, forests, and mountains. Subramanya was once called as Kukke Pattana in the past. It is also said that the Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya had camped at this place during his expedition.
The Divine Kshetra of Subramanya is situated in the banks of the river ‘Dhara’ whose origins is in the Kumara Mountain. The river from here proceeds to the western sea.
As one enters the temple, exactly between the sanctum and the entrance, there is the Garuda Pillar covered with silver. It is believed that the pillar was placed here to protect devotees from the poisonous flames arising from the breath of Vasuki, who resides inside.
On the upper dias, we see the deity of Subramanya and the deity of Vasuki. Just below, at the next level, one can see the deity of Shesha.
The main sanctum in the temple is built in Kerala style. One interesting thing here is about its Prasadam; it is the earth from the anthill, called mrithike.
The early priests of the temple were of Moroja family, Sthanaka Tulu Brahmins. They were the chief priests and tantris of the temple till 1845. Later on, Madhwas took over and built a Mutt adjacent to the temple.
Kukke Subramanya is largely known for Pujas related to Naga Dosha. The two important among them are Ashlesha Bali Puja and Sarpa Samskara.
The noted festivals in the temple are Made Snana, Maha Rathotsava, Ranga Pooja, Purusharya Ontinema, and Deepothsava.
It also said that the temple of Kukke Subramanya is one of the richest temples in Karnataka. However, no official source found.
Make time for Kukke Subramanya temple. It is a beautiful place to trip for with your family and friends. A divine place indeed to pray for the fulfillment of your aspirations.
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