Ideal time : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Timings : 5:00 AM - 9:30 PM
The Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is a famous Hindu temple that is located in Karnataka, India. Lord Kartikeya, who is the lord of all serpents, is worshipped here as Lord Subrahmanya; and the temple provides tranquillity and peace like no other. It is located in the heart of the village of Subrahmanya, in the Sullia Taluk of Dakshina Kannada, and is surrounded by the beauty and glories of nature on all sides. The mountain Kumara Parvatha overlooks the temple adding seven stars to its charm. If seen geographically, Shesha Parvatha, a mountain shaped like a six-headed cobra, adjacent to Kumara Parvatha seems to protect the temple.
The Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is considered to be the abode of 'nagas', and pooja or prayer here is offered to Lord Subrahmanya, along with the serpent king Vasuki. According to legends, Lord Indra was so pleased with Lord Kumaraswamy's annihilation of the demonic forces that he offered his daughter Devasena's hand in marriage to him. Accordingly, the ceremony took place, and Lord Kumaraswamy then decided to bestow his grace on the Serpent King Vasuki, who was performing Tapasya at that time. It is believed that Lord Kumaraswamy now dwells in this temple along with his wife, Devasena, and Vasuki.
Devotees also believe that the holy bath here in the Kumaradhara Thirtha and Madesnana eradicates dreaded diseases like leprosy. According to devotees, diseases related to skin even get cured here. The temple is also considered to be the ultimate place to attain salvation for all those who are suffering from any kind of 'naga doshas'. This is the ideal place for Naga Dosha Pariharam (remedy), by performing Sarpa Samskara Pooja, Ashlesha Pooja and other such rituals. In fact, a lot of devotees from all across the country visit the temple for precisely this purpose.