Monday, May 17, 2010


Kukke Subramanya is a Hindu temple located in the small, rural village of Subramanya in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India, about 105 km from Mangalore. This temple is one of the famous pilgrimage sites in India. Here the God Subramanya is worshipped for his divine power as a snake as the epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes found safety under God Subrahmanya

Kukke subramanya can be reached by road from Mangalore and Bangalore. KSRTC buses are operating buses daily from these two places. Nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport (Bajpe Airport ) at distance of 115 km.The nearest railway station is Subramanya Road railway station on Mangaluru-Bangaluru railway route, which at 7 km from Kukke Subramanya.

The Kukke Subramanya in Karnataka is at a distance of 386 kilometers from Bangalore and 151 kilometers from Karwar.

Kukke Subramanya lies on the bank of river Dhara. As goes the Hindu mythology, Lord Kumaraswamy arrived to this place after destroying the demon rulers Taraka, Shoorapadmasura and many others in a battle. It is said that the Lord washed his Shakti Ayudha (the battle-axe in the form of a bayonet) in this holy river.

Story about Kukke Subramanya:
The the river in the Kukke Subramanya is popularly known as the Kumaradhara. When the war with the demons was over, Lord Kumaraswamy went to the top of Kumara Parvatha together with his brothers Lord Ganesha, Veerabahu and others.

They were greeted by Lord Indra as well as the other Gods. Lord Indra was so moved by his bravery that he prayed the Lord to marry his daughter Devasena. The marriage took place on the banks of Kumaradhara on ‘Margashira Shudda Shashti’ with much grandeur and celebrations.

Lord Kumaraswamy gave visit to Vasuki the chief of the nagas or the snakes, who had been undergoing a penance in the Kukke Subramanya. Vasuki prayed to the Lord to remain with him forever at this place.

The Lord accepted and granted this boon. Till then it is said that the Lord has remained in his spiritual presence in this shrine along with his wife Devasena and Vasuki.

Each year a popular car festival is held in the Kukke Subramanya of Karnataka on ‘Margashira Shuddha Shashti’ with special offerings to the Lord.

Facilities to devotees at Subrahmanya:
Accommodation: Temple guest houses are available.
Food: Free Lunch and Dinner is offered to devotees and visitors.
Cloak room facility and banking facility are also available.

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 reach Subrahmanya:
1. From Bangalore: via Nelamangala, Kunigal, Hassan, Sakaleshpura, Gundya
2. From Mangalore: via Puttur

The Karnataka state Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses ply to Kukke Subramanya from various major cities and towns like Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysore, Dharmasthala & Hassan.

Nearest Railhead: Mangalore / Hassan

Nearest Airport: Mangalore

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


  1. Hii,,

    Good info on Kukke... I was actually searching for info on 5 headed snakes when I hit your page... Where are these pics taken from?? Are such snakes found in kukke?

  2. this was very shocking news for me....are you sure is this true

  3. Jain Devta Dharnendra Dev Is Also Have 5 Heads.

    Abhishek Jain

  4. is it is considered as god or simply a kind of snake.......?

  5. @Divya : yes those pics are from kukke

  6. @jayraj.....yes it is true :) :) above pic are proof for u.

  7. @Giri...its depends how you take it :):)

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