The Kukke Subramanya temple is located in Sullia, near Mangalore, Karnataka. The temple is unique as Lord Subramaya is worshipped here as the lord of snakes. The temple is a popular pilgrim destination and the legend behind the temple has also drawn several tourists to this place.
A Look at Ancient Lore
According to ancient lore, the temple has been created at the spot where the king of snakes Vasuki prayed to Lord Shiva and asked him to protect snakes from the wrath of Garuda. Pleased by the penance, Lord Shiva sent Subramanya to protect the snakes and since then he has been worshipped as the protector of snakes.
One of the interesting aspects of the temple is the Garuda tower. The silver tower has been constructed to protect devotees from the poisonous fumes of Vasuki's breath. It is believed that Vasuki resides inside the temple. Ashlesha Bali and Sarpa Samskara are two of the important poojas that are conducted in the temple.
The Kukke Subramanya temple is accessible by air, road and rail. The nearest airport is Mangalore. The nearest railway station is 7 km away from the temple premises. There are also plenty of state transport buses linking Bangalore and Mangalore to the Kukke Subramanya temple.
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September to March is the best time to visit Kukke Subramanya.