( ) is a Hindu
temple located in the village of Subramanya
in the Sullia
taluk of Dakshina Kannada
District near Mangalore
. The temple is one of the pristine pilgrimage locations in India. Here Lord Subrahmanya
is worshipped as the lord of all serpents. The epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki
and other serpents found refuge under Lord Subrahmanya when threatened by Garuda.
Latitude 12.66 North and Longitude 75.61 East.
Pilgrims going to the temple have to cross the Kumaradhara River
and take a holy dip in the river before entering the temple for their darshan
holy viewing of the Lord.
The devotees enter the courtyard from the doorway at the back, and walk around to go before the deity
. Between the sanctorum and the portico
entrance, there is the Garuda
pillar covered with silver. Devotees circumambulate this pillar. It is believed that this pillar was charmed and planted there to shield devotees from the poisonous flames streaming from the breath of Vasuki who resides inside. Beyond the pillar is the outer hall, the inner hall, and then the sanctorum of Sri Subrahmanya. At the center of sanctorum is a pedestal. On the upper dais
stands the deity of Sri Subrahmanya
and the deity of Vasuki and, at a somewhat lower level, the deity of Shesha
. Ritual worship is offered to these deities every day.
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