It lies at the foot of the hill called Kumara Parvatha, and once it was a
very famous pilgrim town teaming with millions, and boasted of having one
lakh houses. It has several temples enshrining deities of both Saivism and
Vaishnavism. Skanda and Skandha Kumara samhitas bring out the glory of the
kshetra in several pages. It is said that before the construction of the present
temple, there was a sacred linga found in a basket, called Kukke in Kannada,
and was worshipped with great ardour. And hence the places was called
Kukke Subrahmanya. There present temple was built by Hoyaballala in the
11th century. It was visited by many peethadhipathis, like the famous
Madhavacharya of Dwaitamata. It has a great attraction for the barren couple
and blesses them with children, when poojas are offered to this deity. There
are many thirthas and temples above and at the foot of Kumara Parvatha,
lying very near to this temple.
The Kumara Parvatha was the venue of Lord Subrahmanya's marriage
with Valli. Besides, it was here his investiture ceremony of Field-Marshal
ship of Devasena was performed with all fanfare due. Hence very sacred.
There are millions of pebbles on the hill resembling lingas, which the pilgrims
collect and bring home for pooja purpose. There is a furlong long cave here
and is held very sacred; people enter through the Bilwadwara - frontal
entrance and come out of it on the other side deeming
for, it is here Nagendra lived, and so very holy. With all these and more, it is
holding irresistible attraction to theists in particular and others in general.
lies about 100 kms off Mangalore of Karnataka state and on the way to Sringeri.