Sri Kukke Subrahmanya Temple in Dakshina Kannada


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. Kukke Shree Subrahmanya 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. Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple 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.

About Temple

Lord Subrahmanya is the main deity of Subrahmanya. The main entrance of the Kukke Shree Subrahmanya 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.

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

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

Umamaheshwara 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. 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. Sringeri mutt is situated to north east of the main sanctum in the outer quadrangle. Chandramauleshwara is the main deity of this temple. The statue of Ballala King can be found while entering the main temple. It is believed that Subrahmanya was once the capital of Ballala King. Uttaradi Mutt is situated on the northern side of car street.

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.

Kashikatte Ganapathi 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. 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. 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. As the river is very deep and flows very fast one has to take care while taking bath.

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.

Sri Subrahmanya 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.

Samputa Narasimha 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.

Vanadurga Devi 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.

Kukke Shree Abhaya Mahaganapathi  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.

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



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.

Places of Interest

Kumaraparvatha – This mountain lies to the east of the temple.. It is around 15Km. Journey from the temple. But there is no perfect road to go there However one can go there on the existing footpath. At a distance of 8 Km from the temple one comes across a place called Girigadde. Here a family lives which will provide food to the visitors on prior intimation. From this place onwards the way becomes very steep and rises diagonally. The view from the top of this mountain is enchanting. Nevertheless, it must be started that the mountain peak is worth seeing at all costs.

Garden near Adi Subrahmanya temple – 0.25 km of walk will take you to a garden maintained by the temple, which is located on the right bank of Darpana Theertha river.

Garden near Biladwara – Visitors can reach this garden by walk from temple. It is an ancient cave surrounded by a beautiful garden.

Bisile beauty spot -On your way from temple to Dharmasthala you come across a place called Kulkunda, 3km. from main temple. While reaching this place you have to take a deviation to right towardsSakleshpur of Hassan district. From there you have to proceed 20km to find extremely beautiful forest area with splender of Western Ghats. The ever green rain forest provides a feast for eyes. For a memorable experience there is a watch tower to observe the northern side of Kumaraparvatha and a valley in which water flows towards west. It is place where Mother nature offers one of her beast therapies for the daily stress of modern living.

Mathsya Gundi (Yenekal) – About 7km. from the main temple, in Yenekal village there is a spot where fish live in large number. This part of river is very deep and abounds shoal of huge Mahasheer / Tiger fish.

Research Station – Central plantation crops research institute, Kidu. On the way to Uppinangadi, 10km. away from temple town there is a CPCRI established under central plantation crops research institute in 1972 with an aim to produce genetically superior planting materials of Coconut, Arecanut Cocca and Cashew. The centre is both a seed farm and research centre. The farm has 120 acres of land. Visitors visit this center and can buy hybrid variety of plants.


Do’s and Dont’s at Temple

Devotees should not enter the temple without taking bath.
Devotees should not enter the temple wearing shirt, coat, banians and caps.
Umbrella, Sticks, Materials made of animal skin should not be brought inside the temple.
Chewing betal leaves, tobacco, Gutka is prohibited inside the temple.
Devotees should not enter the temple oiling their heads or body.
Devotees are not allowed to enter the temple with foot wears.
Devotees with uncomfortable injuries are not allowed inside the temple.
Female devotees should not enter the temple for the first 5 days of their menstruation period.
Female devotees should not enter the temple when pregnant after sixth month or late.
People suffering from epilepsy or madness should not enter the temple.
Devotees should maintain discipline and follow the rules of Vaidhika Dharma.
Cleaning of the temple should be maintained.
Smoking and Spitting inside temple is strictly prohibited.
Devotees can get more or specific information from the Executive Officer of the temple.

Getting There and Around

By Bus – Kukke Subrahmanya can be reached by road from Mangalore, Bangalore, Dharmastala, Mysore etc. KSRTC operates buses on a daily basis from these and other places. The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport, at a distance of 115 km. The nearest railway station is Subrahmanya Road (SBHR) railway station on Mangalore-Bangalore railway route, which is 12 km from Kukke Subrahmanya. There is  daily passenger train services from Mangalore, Bangalore. One can catch a local transport from the station for a journey of 15 minutes to the temple (approx Rs. 20 per head).

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,  Kadaba

From Mysore: via Kushalnagar, Madikeri, Sullia

KSRTC Bus Terminal, Subrahmanya
Phone : 08257-281212

By Rail Nearest Railway Stations are : Mangalore railway Station about 110Kms , Puttur railway Station about 60Kms , Nettana Railway Station (Subrahmanya Cross Road) about 12Kms

Subrahmanya Road Railway station(SBHR), Nettana
Ph: 08251-262241

By Air – Nearest Airport is Mangalore (Bajpe) Airport about 120Kms , Bangalore International Airport about 300 Kms.

Mangalore International Airport, Bajpe
Phone: 0824-2254252, 245104


Temple Lodges

1. Akshara Guest House
Car Street Subrahmanya
A/C, Non A/C Rooms, Hot water, Parking, 24 Hour power supply

2. Ashlesh
Near Post Office
A/C, Non A/C Rooms, Hot water, Parking , 24 Hour Power supply

3. Choutries
Car street, Subrahmanya
Double & single bed rooms, Parking, 24 hour Power supply

4. Karthikeya Kripa
Car street, Subrahmanya
Double & single bed rooms, Parking, 24 hour Power supply

5. Kumarakripa
Car street, Subrahmanya
Double & single bed rooms, Parking, 24 hour Power supply

6. Skanda Kripa
Car street, Subrahmanya
Double & single bed rooms, Parking, 24 hour Power supply

7. Temple Cottage
Adi Subrahmanya Road, Subrahmanya
Double & single bed rooms, Parking, 24 hour Power supply

Private Lodges

1. Anugraha Lodge & Sabhabhavan
A/C, Non A/C rooms, TV, Hot water, Parking, 24 hour power supply, STD/ISD banquet hall.

2. Shanmukha Lodge
Near KSS College
Double, triple, 4 bedded rooms, Hot water, ample car parking

3. Mayura Residency
Car street, Subrahmanya
A/C, Non A/C rooms, TV, Hot water Parking, 24 hour power supply STD/ISD.

4. Sheshanag Ashraya
Opposite Post Office, Subrahmanya
A/C, Non A/C rooms, TV, Hot water Parking, 24 hour power supply STD/ISD.

5. Gahanashree Cottage
Near Kumaradhara
Kukke Subramanya
Sulia D.K 574238

6. Shreenikethana Lodge
Managed by Sri Subrahmanya Mutt
Car street, Subrahmanya.
A/C, Non A/C rooms, TV, Hot water Parking, 24 hour power supply STD/ISD.

7. Suraksha Lodge
Near bhiladwara, Subrahmanya
Double bed rooms, Parking , Generator, Hot Water

8. Vailankani Sadana Lodge & Victor Kalamandira
Near Post office
Hot water (24hrs), Power supply (24hrs), Ample vehicle parking space, Dormitory, Function hall, Kitchen facility

9. Forest Resort and IB
Gundya, (20KM from Temple)
For Booking contact DFO Mangalore.

10. Srikrishna residency

11. Kenchamba Lodge
Devaragadde Road

Location of Temple

Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple
Sullia Taluk
Dakshina Kannada District
Pin -574238

Phone: 91-8257-281224 , 91-8257- 281423 , 91-8257-281700 (E.O) , 91-8257-281300 (Sarpa Samskara Section)
Fax No:91-8257-281800

Official Temple Website