Kukke Temple History

SRI SUBRAHMANYA KSHETRA has been brilliantly described in the in the Thirthankshetra Mahimanirupana chapter of the Sathayadrikhanda comprised in the Sanatkumara Samhita  of  Skanda Purana.

This kshetra is situarted on the bank of river ‘Dhara’ which is originates in the Kumara Mountains and proceed to   wards the Westrn sea.  It is also known as ‘kumaradhara River’ commonly.  Lord Shanmukha is said to have created this Holly Thirta for his residence in the sacred locality.  History narrates that as he washed the blade smeared with the blood of his weapon  ‘Shakhi’ in its water after slaying the mighty Tarakasura with his brothers, the name ‘Dhara Thirtha’ was derived as it flows before the Subramanya Kshetra.  Two banks o the river are full of densely grown vegetation and abound in splendid natural scenery around.  The beautiful bunches of blossoms on which bees hover sweetly cooing swans, cuckoo and other birds, huge trees such as jack, coconut areca and bananas present a pleasant picture.  With  the towering hill ranges forming the home of nature’s beauty  as it where, the rivulets, streams and rills springing from steep rocks,  the villages perched on the sides of hillocks, the flouring green gardes, stout sugercane plants and verdant paddy-fields surrounding this place, are very charming and divine indeed.  The Brahmin Agraharas where the Vedas are recited,  clouds of smoke rising from the Homas.  Hermitages of great sages and places of penace being abundant in this holly place.  It is no exaggeration that Kumar Swamy, considering it as the veritable ‘Kailas’ o this earth, has preferred to reside there with Vasuki, king of serpents.  The ‘Sahyadri Khanda’ narrates at length how thousand of devotees attained Mantra and Thappasidhi, how people ailing from persistent skin diseases were cured of their body infirmities and regained robust the irhearts desire by the grace of Kumara Swami and how person under course were absolved by this pilgrimage.  Even now thousands of ardent devotees from North and South usually flock here daily to have darshan o the Lord.