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Kukke Subrahmanya temple

Kukke Subrahmanya temple is situated in the lush abundance of the beauty of the nature with rivers, forests and hills in Sullia Taluk of Dakshina Kannada (South Canara) District.

Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is observed as one of the seven Mukti places, pilgrimage sites of Karnataka. (KollurUdupi, Kumbashi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna are other Mukti places).
Kukke Subrahmanya is situated on the banks of river Dhara, which originates in the Kumara Parvatha (mountain) and proceeds towards western sea. It is also called as ‘Kumaradhara River’.

The Subrahmanya temple is situated in the heart of this village. Kukke Subrahmanya temple is dedicated to lord Subrahmanya, who had manifested with Vasuki (the king of serpents).

According to the legend, Lord Subrahmanya took his birth to kill demon Tarakasura. After killing the demon Tarakasura, Lord Brahma installed the deity of Karthikeya in Subrahmanya Kshetra along with the deity of Vasuki through whom Karthikeya accepts the worship of his devotees and bless them all with fulfillment of their desire immediately. The deity is popularly known as ‘Sri Subrahmanya Swamy’.Shrines/places to visit in Subrahmanya:


Exclusively for Sarpa Hathyadosha relief.
Seva fee Rs.2500-00. Only those devotees who have undergone Upanayana and Pithru samsakara can undertake this ritual by themselves. For others temple will make necessary arrangements on prior request or booking. Performing devotees need to stay here for two days. The seva can be commenced on all days except dhashami, fasting days like ekhadashis, Asthamies grahana (eclipse), Shivarathri and fifteen days during Annual festival. Temple provides food arrangements to a limited member of four including Karthru devotee. Lodging/ Room services are on payment. On the commencing day after taking bath at holy Kumaradhara River the devotees should be present at Adisubrahmanya Temple before 8-30 A.M obtaining the Seva receipt.

1) Seva devotees after bath in the holy Kumaradhara and Darshana of Lord subramanya should report at 8.30 a.m. on the booked date at Adisbrahmanya sarpasmskara hall in the venue reserved for them.
2) Follow the instruction given by the Purohitha regarding rituals.
3) Partake forenoon PRASADA at 12.30 p.m. and evening Tiffin at 6 p.m. in the Adi Subrahmanya Hall. Night meals are forbidden.
4) Food and Tiffin arrangements are limited to 4 people per one Seva.
5) Next day morning after bath report at the very same venue at 6.00 a.m. and have Tiffin at 8.30 a.m. in the Adi Subrahmanya Hall.
6) Report at NAGAPRATHISHTA MANTAPA in the outer quadrangle of the K.S.S. Temple after Pradakshina. Soon after midday MAHAPOOJA the Archaka concerned will conduct Nagaprathishta Partake PRASADAM.
7) Seva fee of Rs.2500 is inclusive of Dana Dakshina to Purohitha, Kriya Karthru, Brahmacharis and Godana. Hence if anybody insists or demands for extra payments complaint can be logged at temple office.
8) Temple entry is forbidden on the first day of the Seva.

  1. Sri Subrahmanya Temple
  2. Kukke Linga
  3. Vedavyasa Samputa Narasimha Devaru
  4. Sri Bhairava Devaru
  5. Sri Uma Maheshwara Devaru
  6. Ballalaraya Vigraha
  7. Sringeri Mutt
  8. Hosaligammana Gudi
  9. Darpana Theertha
  10. Adi Subrahmanya (great Anthill ‘Valmika’ in the sanctuary)
  11. Uttaradi Mutt
  12. Rudrapada
  13. Kumaradhaara River
  14. Biladwara
  15. Kashikatte Ganapathi Temple
  16. Matsya Theertha
  17. Kumara Parvatha (also a great destination for trekkers)

Facilities to devotees at Subrahmanya:

Accommodation: Temple guest houses are available. 
Food: Free Lunch and Dinner is offered to devotees and visitors.

Postal Address:
Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Temple
Subrahmanya – 574 238
Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District
Karnataka – INDIA

Distances from Kukke Subrahmanya:
1. Mangalore: around 105 km
2. Bangalore: around 350 km
3. Hassan: around 110 Km
4. Dharmasthala: around 70 km
5. Udupi: around 165 km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Mangalore

Nearest Railhead: Subrahmanya

Road: Subrahmanya is well connected by Road. The Karnataka state Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses ply to Kukke Subramanya from various major cities and towns like Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysore, Dharmasthala & Hassan.
How to reach Subrahmanya:
1. From Bangalore: via Nelamangala, Kunigal, Hassan, Sakaleshpura, Gundya
2. From Mangalore: via Puttur.

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