Sri Subramanya temple is situated in a small village in the thickness of the forest bordering the western ghats (165 kms from Udupi). The pilgrims going toSubrahmanya have to cross the Kumaradhara river. They take bath in this river and then proceed to the temple to have darshan. Here Lord Subramanya is worshipped in the form of a serpent. It is believed that the serpents, who took refuge in Lord Subramanya, got shelter in the caves here.
According to a legend, as a result of the boon conferred upon the demon Tarakasura by Gods, in answer to his penance, he could not be killed by anybody, either men or Gods aged above seven days and therefore being confident that there was no death for him, he began to trouble the whole world. The story goes on to say that he fought single-handed and conquered all the three worlds.
The Rishis also found it difficult to go on with their penance and hence they went to Lord Shiva and requested him to redress their grievances. Luckily enough, it was the seventh day since his son Subrahmanya was born, and through this child aged seven days only, the demon Tarakasura was slain in a hand-to-hand fight, and Sri Subrahmanya permanently made his abode nearby which is called “Adi Subramanya”. Near this temple is a Madhwa Math.
The temple Guest Houses provide accommodation to the pilgrims at Subrahmanya.
Kukke Sri Subramanya Temple
Subramanya – 574 238, Sullia Taluk, Karnataka, India
Tel: 91 825 681224, Guest house: 91 825 681423