This ancient pilgrimage shrine enshrining Subramanya on the Kumara
Parvata is located at a distance of 103 km from Mangalore, and 97 km from Hassan.
Also nearby is the famous pilgrimage center of Dharmastala.
Subrahmanya is regarded as one of the Seven Muktistala pilgrimage sites in Karnataka which are
Kollur, Udupi, (Subrahmanya), Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna.
Deities: Subramanya is enshrined
seated on a peacock in the sanctum of this temple. Also enshrined here are images of
Vasuki and Adi Sesha. The sanctum is full of ant hills, and the sand from the ant hills
believed to possess medicinal properties, is distributed as prasada here. The Garuda
stambha in front of the sanctum is believed to ward off the poisonous breath of snakes
There are also shrines to Uma Maheswara, Kukke Lingam
(celebrating the legend that a basket - Kukke full of Shivalingams were discovered here)
and Narasimha here. Also worshipped here is a box of saligramams, said to have been given
by Sage Vyasa to Madhvacharya.
Legend has it that Garuda, the mount
of Vishnu was once chasing Vasuki, the king of snakes. Vasuki
took refuge in Subramanya who offered protection to the snake from Garuda. There is
another shrine to Aadi Subramanya where Subramanya is worshipped in an ant hill with
offerings of mirrors and images of Naga.
Festivals: Skanda Sashti, Vaikasi Vishakam and
Narasimha Jayanti are celebrated at Subramanya.
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