“Puja performed outside temple may not reach god” says Kukke Subramanya Temple
In a most bizarre circular, the Management of the Kukke Subramanya Temple has mentioned that the puaja’s and rituals performed by devotees outside the temple may not reach God.
According to the Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple in Dakshina Kannada district authorities the Circular is to protect the devotees. They said that public circular comes in the wake of the increasing number of middlemen, who according to the temple management are taking devotees for a ride by luring them with private pujas and special rituals and fleecing them.
The temple has said it wishes to bring to the notice of devotees that rituals and pujas performed outside the premises, for example on the river’s banks, marriage halls and other temples or in mutts, are purely private in nature. “It is believed that such pujas or offerings may not reach Lord Shree Kukke Subrahmanya,” the circular added.
The temple, richest among the muzrai temples in Karnataka, has an annual income of around Rs 95 crore. It gets a large chunk its revenue from performance of various sevas, with some having a long waiting list. In the last financial year, collection from sevas alone crossed Rs 40 crore.
The Kukke Subramanya Temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya, Son of Lord Shiva. According to legends, lord Subramanya is considered the Deva Senapathi – the commander of the army of the lords and is worshiped as the lord of snakes.
The temple Sri Kukke Subramanya is located in the Subramanya town of Sullia Taluq in Dakshina Kannada district. Easily accessible by rail and road, this small town is located about 105 km from Mangaluru while the temple is situated amidst a scenic location that’s relatively unexplored and neat in comparison to a lot of other pilgrimage venues. While one can find the Kumaradhara river run in the temple surroundings, the place is embraced by a beautiful mountain from the background.