April 18th, 2008 by admin

Distance: Around 300 plus km from Bangalore, 100 km from Udupi and about 70km from Mangalore. Distance from Kukke Subrahmanya is around 58 km.

Journey Time: By road 6 hours

How to reach there: KSRTC runs regular buses from both Bangalore and Mangalore. Also, one can take a bus from Kukke Subrahmanya. Bus services are pretty good.

Where to stay: Guest houses of the temple trust like Ganga, cauvery, Netravathi and Sharavathy(08256 – 317121-22), Yoga and Nature cure hospital(08256 – 317177) – you can stay here only if you would like to avail treatment in yoga, acupuncture etc.

Where to eat: The temple provides free lunch and dinner. However, there are few small hotels around where you can have food(typically local food).

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Dharmasthala entrance gate view from inside

Dharmasthala is perhaps the most highly revered and best known temple town in Karnataka. This holy place is the home of the Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple, where devotees of all castes and creeds visit. The temple is devoted to Shiva and houses a lingam of gold. The temple is unusual in that it is run by a Jain administration and poojas are conducted by Madhva priests. Everyone enjoys the generous hospitality without any distinction of caste, creed or class whatsoever. On an average the flow of pilgrims is about 10,000 people a day. A mechanised and clean kitchen provides free food for all pilgrims. There are guest houses with modern amenities.The temple is unique example of unity in diversity.

Legend

It has been told in Dharmasthala that the Shiva Lingam in Dharmasthala was brought to Dharmasthala by a man named Annappa. Legend is that he used to work for the Heggade family. Once when the Heggade he was serving wanted to worship Lord Shiva, Annappa had assured him to get one lingam and vanished from the sight. Surprisingly next day morning, by the time all woke up, he had already established the lingam in Dharmasthala, a few metres away from Heggade’s house.

Later it was known that the Lingam was from Kadri near Mangalore, from the Kadri temple. By then, Annappa had vanished and he was never again sighted in the vicinity. Now people in Dharmasthala worship Annappa as Annappa Panjurli, a local god deva and a hero.

Anna Daana

The average flow of pilgrims is about 10,000 people everyday. Every one of the thousands of pilgrims who daily visit shri Kshetra Dharmasthala is an honored guest irrespective of caste, creed, culture or status.The “Anna Daana”[free food] is perhaps one of the most impressive events that takes place at the holy temple. Free food is provided to devotees who come in thousands every day. The temple has modern machinery and makes quality food continuously through out the day. Temple does not differentiate between the rich and the poor for the Anna Dhaana.The dining hall is known as “Annapoorna”.

Vidyadaana

Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala by the SDMCET Society manages a 25 institutions ranging from primary schools, Gurukula to teach yoga, Sanskrit, and professional courses in Engineering, Medicine, and Dental Sciences in Dharmasthala, Ujire, Mangalore, Udupi, Dharwad and other places of Karnataka state.

The Siddavana gurukula started by the Late Manjayya Heggade has become a model educational institution. Over 250 students are provided free lodging and boarding and learn yoga, Sanskrit in addition to basic school curriculum. The specialty of this institution is its endeavor to teach values based on Indian Culture.

Aushadadaana

In the field of health care, the medical trust also provides services to eradicate and prevent many diseases in local villages. The mobile hospital established by poojya shri Heggade is fully equipped to deal with emergencies and to provide medical treatment to the rural folk in remote parts of the Malnad area. A modern tuberculosis sanitorium was built by Dharmasthala Manjunatheswara Medical Trust to give relief to the patients of tuberculosis. It has since been converted into a general hospital. The Ayurvedic Hospitals at Udupi and Hassan provide Ayurvedic medicines as per the ancient text. The Nature Cure Hospital, built on the banks of the Netravathi River, uses a system based on the five elements of Air, Earth, Ether, Water and Light.

SDM Eye Hospital at Mangalore, is a modern scientific eye treatment centre. The SDM Dental Hospital serves regular dental needs and provides specialised treatments such as oral implants, surgery for cleft lip and other orthodontic surgeries.

Shri Heggade has been actively involved in propagating the practice of Yoga, the ancient system of fitness. Surya Namaskara Camps are regularly organised where Yoga is taught. Further 250 high school teachers are trained in Yoga every year, who in turn teach at least 100 students each.

Abhayadaana

Free mass weddings which were started in 1972 have gained popularity. Every year hundreds of couples are getting married (Saamoohika Vivaha mahotsava) here. Following the tradition of the Kshetra where all religions and castes are welcome, hundreds of couples are married in accordance with their personal religious rite. The expenses of the wedding dress, Mangalsutra and Wedding feast for a limited number of the couple’s guests are borne by the Kshetra.

Heggade Family

The present head of Dharmasthala, Padmashri Dr. Veerendra Heggade, the 21st in succession to the Dharmadhikari Peetha, has lived up to the great tradition. He has not only continued to uphold the sacred tradition, but carried out his ancestral heritage to a greater height. In doing so he has also achieved remarkable progress in his service to mankind. For over 25 years, Sri Veerendra Heggade has endeared himself by dedicating himself to the service of God and man in religious, cultural and educational fields. He has launched several socio-economic programmes, which have directly benefited the poor. Free mass weddings which were started in 1973 have gained immense popularity over the years. This is a boon to those poor people who cannot afford weddings on their own.

More than 25 institutions from primary schools to professional colleges are run in and around Dharmasthala . Old and decrepit temples have been renovated, taking care to preserve the traditional architecture. Ancient manuscripts and paintings have been painstakingly restored and preserved for posterity. A museum of beautiful antique objects, which is both educative and fascinating, has been established. A car museum houses a rare collection of vintage cars. Every year, a Sarva Dharma Sammelan (multi religious meet) is held at Dharmasthala, which attracts spiritual leaders from various faiths and schools, and patrons of art and literature, from far and wide.

This is also among of the few pilgrim centers in India which provides free boarding and lodging to all the visiting devotees. The exponentially increasing number of visitors is a proof of the good work being done here.

Source: wikipedia

 

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Lord Manjunath temple inner view

It is a very serene place and could be a good place for one day stay. Take bath in the Netravathi river and then go for darshan of Lord Manjunath. Evenings and weekends may have more rush, it may be wise to try weekday mornings. Also, remember, if you are traveling by public bus, the last bus out from Dharmasthala is at 8.30 pm. The bus stand is very much within the Ksetra.

In 1973 a statue of Lord Bahubali carved out of a single rock, was installed at Dharmasthala on a low hill near the Manjunatha temple. It was about 39 foot (12 m) high and weighed about 170 tonnes.

Car Museum: Little away from the main temple, is a car museum with various vintage cars, all in running condition. Among are a Daimler Double Six(1949) owned by King of Mysore Sri Jayachamarejendra Wodeyer. Timmings: 9 am – 1 pm and 2.30 pm – 6 pm

Manjusha Art Museum: This may look little shabby from outside but has invaluable collection of knowledge dating even to pre-histroric age.

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Yakshagana

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Links to useful websites:

http://www.shridharmasthala.org/

http://www.dharmasthala.in/

http://www.dharmastala.com/

April 16th, 2008 by admin

Distance: 347 Km from Bangalore

Journey Time: By road 8 hours, by train 12 hours and by Air 1 – 1 and 1/2 hours

Location: Mangalore is located at the southern tip of karnataka’s Karavali coast

Route: Take NH 48 via Kunigal, Yediyur, Hassan, Sakleshpur to Mangalore. There is one more route via Medikeri, but that is long and takes almost 11 hours.

How to reach there: There are plenty of KSRTC and private buses which ply from Bangalore frequently. Recently a passenger train also runs from Yeshwanthpur to Mangalore via Mysore and takes around 12 hours.

Where to Stay: There are various options to stay according to your budget. However, Mangalore is little costly city even compared to Bangalore. For those money is not an issue, should choose The Taj Manjurun(0824 – 2420420). It has a awesome view overlooking the confluence of Netravati and gurpura with the Arabian sea. The best hotel in Mangalore as of now. For average budget Hotel Mangalore International(2444860-64), Poonja International(2440169). For relatively cheap hotels try – Hotel Manorama(2440306), hotel Navarathna (2441104), hotel Srinivas(2440061), Hotel Woodlands(2444754) on Bunts hostel road and Hotel Hindustan(Rs 399+tax for non A/c double bedroom) at Hampankatte.

Where to Eat: Be very careful about lunch and dinner in Mangalore. If you do not reach during lunch and dinner time in Mangalore, you may not get food. Lunch time is typically from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm and dinner time from 7 pm to 10.30 pm. For local food try Namma Kudla near Joythi Circle, Hotel Goldfinch(Star hotel), Hotel Maharaja. In case you miss the food timmings at night rush near the KSRTC bus stand where a few resturants like Shalimar, Surabhi bar and restaurant etc might serve food till 11.30 pm. Also, you may try Pizza Hut at Bharath mall(only mall in Mangalore) opp. KSRTC bus stand.

A view of Mangalore skyline from Kadri Hill.

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Mangalore is the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada (formerly South Canara) district in the southwestern corner of Karnataka, and developed as a port on the Arabian Sea – to this day it remains one of the major ports of India. Lying on the backwaters formed by the Netravati and Gurupura rivers, it has long been a roadstead along the Malabar Coast. Its port handles 75% of India’s coffee exports and the bulk of its cashew nuts.

Mangalore is known for its beaches, temples and industries. There are several languages spoken, including Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, and Beary. The landscape is dominated by the characteristic coconut palms accompanying rolling hills and streams flowing into the sea. The landscape is dotted with tiled-roof buildings, topped with the well-known Mangalore tiles made from the local hard red clay and typically walled with laterite blocks. Older houses are commonly found with elaborate woodwork.

The city of Mangalore was named after the local Hindu deity Mangaladevi. Matsyendranath, one of the important protagonist of the Nath cult had arrived here with the princess of Kerala, Premaladevi. He converted the princess to his cult and named her Mangaladevi. They could not proceed further as Mangaladevi died after a brief period of illness and a temple was consecrated in her name at Bolar, which was later renovated by the Alupa King Kundavarma in 968 AD.

One of the earliest reference to this city name is made by the Pandyan King Chettian, who called the city as Managalapuram in 715 AD. The chronicles of the 11th-century Arabian traveler Ibn Batuta refer to Mangalore as Manjarur. In 1526 AD, the Portuguese took possession of Mangalore, thus corrupting the word Mangaluru to its present form Mangalore. After subsequent British occupation in 1799, this Portuguese catchword was later assimilated in the English language.

The cosmopolitan nature of the city is reflected in the names used by the various linguistic groups in this region. In Tulu, the city is known as Kudla meaning “junction” as the city is situated at the confluence of the Netravati and Phalguni rivers. Konkanis use the variant Kodial. The Bearys call it Maikala. Kannadigas use the name Mangaluru for the city. On the occasion of Suvarna Karnataka in 2006, the Karnataka state government stated that the city would be renamed Mangalooru in English.

According to Hindu mythology, the region covering Mangalore was a part of the Parashurama Shristi, the coastal belt reclaimed from the sea by the legendary sage Parashurama. As for other mythological associations, Rama was the Lord of Tulu Nadu during the days of the Ramayana. Sahadeva, the youngest of the Pandavas, was the Governor of this place during the days of the Mahabharatha. The Pandavas lived in Banavasi during their exile visiting Sarapady near Mangalore. Arjuna, the hero of Mahabharata also appears to have visited this place when he travelled from Gokarna to Adur near Kasargod. Great sages like Kanva, Vysa, Vashista, Vishvamitra had spent their days of meditation here.

There are many historical references regarding to the town. Cosmas Indicopleustes, a Greek monk referred to the port of Mangarouth. Pliny, a Roman historian made references of a place called Nithrias, and Greek historian Ptolemy referred to Nitre. Both the references were probably to the River Netravathi flowing through Mangalore. Ptolemy had also mentioned about this city in his works as Maganoor. Roman writer Arien called Mangalore Mandegora. A 7th-century copper inscription referred to Mangalore as Mangalapura.

Mangalore still retains its old world charm such as red tile-roofed houses in spite of globalization pervading the city.The Kadambas had ruled this place from 200 to 600 A.D. The ancient history proved that Mangalore had been the capital of Alupa dynasty until the 14th century. A traveler, Ibn Battuta who had visited the town in 1342 stated that he arrived at a place named Manjurun or Mandjaur situated on a large estuary. He had mentioned that the town was a trading centre and Persian and Yemeni merchants disembarked at Mangalore. In 1448, Abdul Razak, a Persian Ambassador passed via this route to Vijayanagar. He said that he had seen a glorious temple here. The inscriptions at Moodabidri stated a King Mangaras Odeya was the governor of Mangaluru Raajya during the reign of Vira Harihararaya II of Vijayanagar dynasty. Another inscription stated that Deeva Raaja Odeya ruled the Mangaluru Raajya in 1429 during the reign of Vijayanagara King Veera Devaraya II. Various powers have fought for control over Mangalore. The major dynasties that ruled the town till the arrival of Portuguese were the Western Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas and Hoysalas.

The European influence in Mangalore can be traced back to the year 1498, when the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama had landed at St Mary’s Islands near Mangalore on his voyage from Portugal to India. In 1520 the Portuguese took control of the area from Vijayanagara rulers. In 1526, the Portuguese viceroy Lapaz-De-Sampayo succeeded in defeating the Bangara king and his allies and the trade passed out of Muslim hands into Portuguese hands. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Portuguese commanded the Arabian Sea from the port of Mangalore and they intruded actively in the affairs of the local chieftains. In the 16th century, Mangalore received a huge influx of Goud Saraswat Brahmins and Catholics from Goa. In 1695, the town was burnt by the Arabs in retaliation for Portuguese restrictions on Arab trade. In the middle of the 17th century, Venkatappa Nayaka of the Ikkeri family stormed the Portuguese bastion and defeated them. Their rule continued till 1762.

Hyder Ali (1722–1782) the ruler of Mysore conquered Mangalore in 1763, and it was under his administration till 1768, before being annexed by the British between 1768 and 1794. Later in 1794 Hyder Ali’s son Tippu Sultan again took control of the area. During his regime, the city was caught in the crossfires of Anglo-Mysore relations. The Second Anglo-Mysore War ended with the Treaty of Mangalore which was signed in Mangalore between Tippu Sultan and the British East India Company on 11 March 1784.

Mangalore witnessed an economic and industrial boom during the late twentieth centuryThe English again captured Mangalore in 1791, but Tippu besieged it in 1793 and the English surrendered the city in 1794. With the death of Tippu Sultan and the fall of Srirangapatna during the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War in 1799, the city was re-conquered by the British, and it remained under British administration till India’s independence in 1947.

The city had a peaceful administration under British rule and permanent visible improvements effected during this period. It flourished gradually in education and in industry and became a commercial centre for export and import trade. The linking of Mangalore, in 1907, with the Southern Railway and later the advent of motor vehicles further increased the trade and communication with the city. The Roman Catholic missions had done important work in education, health and social welfare. The opening of the Basel Mission in 1834 brought many industries into the city.

After India’s independence in 1947, Mangalore which was a part of the Madras Presidency was merged into a unified Mysore State in 1956. Thereafter, Mangalore gained a significant position in the state since it gave the erstwhile Mysore state the benefit of a coastline. The late twentieth century witnessed Mangalore develop as a business and commercial centre. However, Mangalore still retained its old world charm such as tile-roofed buildings amidst coconut groves, fishing boats silhouetted against the darkening skyline. The present day city bustles with activities in the upcoming IT Sector and the prognosis of a prosperity in international trade looms.

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Religion is deeply associated with people here and reflects in the number of temples, churches and mosques. The best way to see Mangalore is on a auto. Hire a auto and get going(for 4 -5 hrs it should be around Rs 300). Things to see in Mangalore:

Temples:

Kadri Manjunath Temple: The Kadri Manjunatha Temple located in Mangalore in the state of Karnataka, India, dates back to approximately 1068 The square temple built with nine water tanks, nestles at the foot of the highest hill at Kadri in Mangalore.

The chief deity of this temple is Manjunatha (Lokeshwara or Lord Shiva) who is depicted in a statue made of bronze. This statue of Lokeshwara in the seated position with three faces and six arms is tipped to be the best bronze statue in India. It is about 1.6m tall.

The temple is a neat and middle sized structure with a pyramid-shaped roof. The temple, as the inscription indicates, may have been built in the 10th or 11th century, as evidenced by the installation of the Lokeshwara statue in the 968. The Balipitha in front of the temple also gives us an almost definite period going back to 10th century. Within the temple premises to the west is the temple of Goddess Durga, and to the north the temple of Lord Ganesha.

There is Gomukha or a natural spring known as Bhagirathi Teertha at a little elevation from the main temple, which is supposed to be flowing from kashi. This water fills the seven tanks here. Read more….

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address: Kadri Sri Manjunatha Temple, Kadri, Mangalore-575002, Phone: 0824-2214176

MangalaDevi Temple: The Mangaladevi Temple is located at Bolara in mangalore city about three km southwest of the city centre. This temple has influenced the name and importance of Mangalore. The name Mangalore is derived from Goddess Mangaladevi, the main deity of the temple. Read more ….

Address: Shri Mangaladevi Temple, Mangaladevi, Mangalore-575001, Phone: 0824-2415476

Kudroli Gokarnath Temple: It is another important temple built for Billava community who were prohibited to enter temples by saint and social reformer Sri Narayana Guru in 1912. Gokarnanatheshwara or Lord Shiva, is the main deity here.

Address: Gokarnanath Temple, Kudroli, Mangalore-575003, Phone: 0824-2495740

Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple: The Mahaganapathi temple is a popular pilgrim centre and is known for varous cultural activities like yakshagana, deepautsava(light festival) etc.

Address: Shri Sharavu Mahaganapathy Temple, Ganapathy Temple Road, Mangalore-575001, Phone: 0824-2440328

Yogi Mutt and Pandava Caves on Kadri Hill: Apart from the yogi mutt, one can take a view of the pandava caves here. It is believed that pandavas stayed here during their exile. Also, from kadri hill one can get a nice view of Mangalore.

Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple: Durga parameshwari temple is located on the bank of Shambhavi River at Bappanadu village of Mulki town, around 29 K.M. north from Mangalore on NH 17. The main deity of this temple is Goddess Shree Durgaparameshwari. Read more ….

Address: Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple, Kateel, Mangalore-574148

Phone: 0824-2200361

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Churches:

St. Alosyias Chappel: St. Aloysius Chapel was built in 1885 by Rev Father Joseph Willy and very closely resembles the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The chapel is located inside the campus of St. Aloysius college on Lighthouse hill, Mangalore. The eye catching paintings were done by an Italian painter named Br Anthony Moschemi during the early 20th century. It is a good tourist destination and the main attraction are the paintings.

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Milagres Church: The Church of Our Lady of Miracles, Milagres, better known as Milagres church, was built by Bishop Thomas de Castro, a Theatine priest of Salsette in 1680. Tipu Sultan razed this church as he suspected that catholics of Mangalore are secretly affiliated with British. However, it was rebuilt in 1811 around a decade after Tipu’s death.

Rosario Cathedral: Rosario cathedral at Pandeshwara is Mangalore’s oldest cathedral built by the potuguse in 1568. It is quite similr to St. peters Basilica in Rome(Italy).

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Mosques:

Jami Mosque of Zeenath Baksh: The Jami mosque of Zeenath Baksh is located in a village called Kilur around 5 km from Mangalore. The river Gurpur flows side by the mosque.

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Other tourist spots or places to see:

Sultan Bathery: Sultan Bathery is a watch tower built by Tipu Sultan in 1784 to prevent the entry of warships into river Gurpur. It is situated about 6 km from city center at Boloor. One can view very nice sunset from here.

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Panambur Beach: Panambur beach is probably the best beach in and around Mangalore. Waves are not that high but good sand beach. Panambur beach is located besides New Mangalore port. It is around 15 km away from the city center on NH 17.

Tannir Bhavi Beach: Tannir Bhavi beach is around 12 km from Mangalore city center. If you enjoy solitude, this beach is for yours. The Tannir Bhavi power project is nearby.

Light House Garden: Lighthouse Hill Garden is on Kadri hills quite near to St. Aloysius college. The park has snakes, deer and other lively animals. Spending an evening here viewing sunset along with lovely cool breezes could be a good idea.

Pilikula Nisarga Dhama: Pilikula in Tulu literally means Tiger’s lake. In olden days, tigers used to come to this lake to drink water. Henceforth, this area altogether came to be known as Pilikula. It is around 15 km from Mangalore. The park consists of an area of 82 hectares. It also includes a biological park, science centre, boating and lake etc. Also, a private amusement park – Matsya is nearby. Read More…..

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April 6th, 2008 by admin

Distance: 290 km from Bangalore and 105 Km from Mangalore

Journey Time: By road 7 hours and by Train 9 hours

Route: NH 4 to Neelamangala, NH 48 to Sakleshpur via Kunigal and Hassan, then state road to Kukke Subrahmanya 

How to Reach there: KSRTC runs regular buses from both Bangalore and Mangalore. 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 is at 7 km from Kukke Subramanya.

Where to Stay: Guest house or Lodges are easily available near the temple. If you are looking for little more comfort then you can stay at the Hotel Mayura Residency(08257 – 681336) which is very close to the temple or at Sheshnag Ashraya(08257 – 681215).

Where to eat: There are a few restaurants near the temple like New Mysore Cafe, Hotel Guru Krupa etc.

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Kukke Subrahmanya Temple against the background of Kumara Parvatha

Kukke Subramanya is a Hindu temple located in the small, rural village of Subramanya at the foot hills of Kumara Parvatha in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India, about 105 km from Mangalore. This temple is one of the famous pilgrimage sites in India and is nestled in the middle of a forest range. Here the God Subrahmanya 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. Lord Subrahmanya in North India is known as Karthik(son of Lord Shiva).

Kukke Subrahmanya is a religious place but even if you are not very religiously inclined, you will still enjoy nature’s beauty and the treks through lush green forests and hills. The wood-and-tile temple has a sloping roof topped by a brass kalasa. The worship of Subrahmanya at Kukke dates back to the 8th century CE. The earliest records of Kukke are found in a Bunt inscription of Puttur Taluk (8th-9th century CE), which refers to the deity of Kukke. An epigraph of 1388 and a copper plate of 1406 mention the grant of land for worship of the deity and free distri­bution of food. The Vijayanagara and Keladi rulers, and Rani Kittoor Chennamma, continued their patronage through gifts and donations. Hyder Ali annexed Kukke but the importance of this pilgrim centre did not diminish at all.

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Kumaradhara River

The temple complex has many other shrines inside like Hanuman, Ganapati, Vedavyasa Samputa Narasimha Temple, Shringeri andSubrahmanya mutts. Also, there is a shrine of Hosaligamma, bodyguard of Subramanya. A little away from the main temple is the temple of Adi Subrahmanya. Legend has it that the serpent king Vasuki had under taken a penance on the Kumara Parvatha nearby to seek divine intervention to save himself from Garuda. When lord Subrahmanya came here winning a battle against ademon Tarakasura, Vasuki prayed that If the Lord would stay with him here permanantly. His wish was granted and Vasuki enjoy all the pujas and reverences Lord Subrahmanya receives. Both the Serpent king and Lord Subrahmanya were brought down the hill in a basket(in Kannada Kukke), which is why the place is called Kukke Subrahmanya.

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Adi Subramanya

If you take your own vehicle then you can drive upto the baricades or you will have to walk little bit through Baazar from the KSRTC bus stand. Then crossing the baricades and little more walk amids choultries on one side and shops on the other leads you to the main temple. The mostly cloud drapped kumara Parvatha hill rises vertically behind the Subrahmanya temple. A small stream called the Darpana Tirtha flows behind the main Subrahmanya temple and in front of Adi Subrahmanya temple, later joins the Kumaradhara River. There is a nicely maintained park behind the Adi Subrahmanya temple, which can be very good for sitting and bird watching in the evening. About one and half kilometer from the main temple there are bathing ghats where pilgrims can take bath in the Kumaradhara river.

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Lord Subramanya

Note: All Male are supposed to take of their shirts and vest before entering the inner temple. Also, there are some special rules like children below 2 years, pregnant women and women undergoing period cannot enter the temple. Temple is open between 6.30 am to 6.30 pm. Abhisekh: 7 to 11.30 am

Trekking: The area around Subrahmanya are trekkers paradise. Kumara Parvatha is 5 km from the town and stand 4000 feet above sea level. It is believed to be the most difficult trek route in Karnataka.  There is one Girigadhe Bhat who lives on Kumara Parvatha. One can let him know about their visit. Stay is free there about 200 ft above sea level. Food is offered at a nominial sum. Do not expect electricity as you will be on the lap of nature.

Drive through Bisle Ghat is a treat in itself. Here, nature brings in surprise at every turn of the road. Bisle ghat is not motorable between 5 pm and 8 am, due to wildlife activity during these times. Remember to carry water and eatables.

I visited there in the month of April and it was relatively very hot compared to Bangalore. Even the Sun was to scorching. Make sure you carry Sun Screen lotion and cover you body as much as possible during day time in summer. Btw, one can avail package tours from KSTDC. KSTDC offers a temple tour including Kukke Subrahmanya every thrusday night from Bangalore.

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