Kukke Subramanya temple - the richest Muzrai temple in Dakshin Karnataka

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Kukke  Subramanya temple is located in the village of Subramanya in Sullia Taluq, Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka. It is on  the picturesque slope of a dense wooded area of the Western Ghats range, overlooking the  mountain of Kumara Parvatha and one can see nature's abundance and beauty here with plenty of greenery rivers, nallas, etc.  Such a place  endowed with nature's bounty  is an ideal  spot for people who want to be away from  the madding crowd and urban mess and seek spiritual exhilaration and tranquility  coupled with divine experience. To access the temple devotees have to  cross the Kumaradhara river  in front of the temple.  The place is used to be called Kukkupatna. This place is about 16 kms from Dharamshala and 105 kms from Mangaluru.

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Above image: In the sanctum of Kukke Subramanya temple, KA  - God  Karthikeya protecting the serpents below him. A rare image of god Subramanya....... 

The famous temple is dedicated to  god Karthikeya  or  Subramanya, who is supposedly the  lord of all serpents and  is said to have protected   serpents  Vasuki and others from  Garuda (eagle) who hunted after them. The god gave them refuge in the caves here to guard them from Garuda.  Two important unique features of this temple are its main entrance to the temple from the back side and the installation of  silver plated Garuda Kamba (Garuda: eagle; Kamba: pillar)  between  the sanctum and the entrance . With respect to latter,  and the belief here is  that this pillar  gives protection to the devotees from the poisonous breath of  serpent Vasuki, who is believed to resides inside the sanctum or Srikovil. Lots of people visit this temple year around to get rid of Sherpa Thosha (as per individual horoscope. Famous for Sherpa Samhara Dhosa, it is one among the 7  mukti shastra established by Parasurama

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It is quite surprising to know that this temple is the richest one in Karnataka and second richest in south India in terms of annual revenue. It is called the richest Muzrai temple in Dakshin  Karnataka in the foothills of the Western Ghats region

In 2022-23, the temple has recorded a revenue of Rs 123,64,49,480 (123. 6 crore) and the revenue is up by Rs 50 crore compared to previous year.  The temple’s income had risen by Rs. 9 crore in 2014-15, from Rs. 68 crore in 2013-14 to Rs. 77.6 crore.

The temple has about 400 staff of which 322 are permanent to run the administration, etc. The temple owns shops and lodges/ choultrys (chatra)  for travelers and pilgrims.  The sources of revenue are as follows: from land- Rs 1.36 crore, building/ shops - Rs 1.20 crore,  Kaanike/ offerings or donations  Rs 6.25 crore, interest on deposit - Rs 16.16 crore,  sevas- Rs 53.89 crore, accommodation - Rs 4.73 crore and hundi collection-Rs 29.12 crore.

Kukke Subramanya  temple's income saw upward mobility after the visit of  cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in May 2006. Here he performed many  rituals. Then in 2005-2006 the income  was just Rs. 15.7 crore. Soon many  celebrity devotees began visiting this temple and these include  cricketers Ravi Shastri, Venkatesh Prasad, Javagal Srinath, actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty, Juhi Chawla, members of the Raj Kapoor family, industrialist Vijay Mallya, former PM of Karnataka  H.D. Kumaraswamy, and others. Obviously, their visit to this hill temple had a positive impact on its revenue by way of hundi collection, donations, etc. Performance of various sevas such as Naga Sherpa Dosha, etc.,  has generated lots of income for the temple.  with some having a long waiting list.

The temple’s revenue  had increased  gradually from Rs 19.76 crore in 2006-07 to  Rs 24.44 crore in 2007- 2008  and after  this period this temple maintains a top position in revenue generation in Karnataka; this being due to steady increase of visitors per day and during festival events. .