My family visited Subramanya temple during Diwali holidays ( Nov 2012). We had camped at Udupi and visited the Krishna temple, Aney Ganapathi and Kollur Mookambika Devi the first day.The next day we visited the Krishna temple and spent blissful 2-3 hours. Later we visited the Mahakali temple, the Malpe beach and the Shirdi Sai temple. We departed early morning from Udupi and drove down to Dharmasthala. After darshan of Sree Manjunath we headed to Kukke. The route was scenic, but most part of the journey was bumpy thanks to the poor road condition. We stayed at the Ashray Lodge. The room was not ready on arrival. Hence had to wait for an hour. The Rooms were alright ( I thought the tariff was 20-30% higher than it deserved). No dining facility .Just a coffee / tea vending machine. There are some decent restaurants within 5 minutes walking distance.
The Temple itself is a very holy place and one can feel the vibes as soon as one crosses the doorsteps. Even if there are large crowds one can expect to have a 1-minute glimpse after standing for 15 minutes in the Queue. Since we had a lot of time at our disposal we circumambulated several times and had good darshan. There is a small temple dedicated to Uma Maheshwar, where Brahmin pundits were chanting Rudram. The Pullak darshan was quite a surprise. At about 7.30 p.m. the Deity is taken in a procession inside the temple complex, preceded by a baby elephant ( facing the Idol and walking backwards). The Maha Arathi was a chaos, with barriers being put up randomly and no clear instructions on who should assemble where. It is unfortunate that most pilgrim places are only too keen on receiving donations but not doing enough to streamline the throng of devotees or make their visit comfortable. It is disgusting to be shooed away by the attendants even before one has had a good look at the Idols. In any case it was a spiritually elevating trip.
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