The Somanatha Temple is situated in Sullia in Karnataka. There is also a path that leads us to Panchamithirtha . This is a sacred spot in the Kumaradhara. On the 15th day of Margasira his Holiness Sri Varahathirtha of Subrahmanya Mutt passed away and was entombed by the side of this river. It is thus a custom for the swamiji of the Subramanya mutt to take bath in the river on the day and worship the vrindavana (tomb) of that swamiji. This is perhaps why this river is called Panchami Thirtha.
About The Temple
This is a very famous place of the past. A Somanatha Temple and Brahmin settlement existed here. There are about thirty tombs in all. The presence of the Kumaradhara and Somanatha Temples add to the beauty of this place. It is learnt that the Subrahmanya Mutt was originally situated in injadi to the east of Subrahmanya Temple.
About The Deity
Lord Shiva as the deity as Somanatheswara. In the temple premises, there are also idols of Shri Ganesha and Shri Durgadevi.
Nearest Places to Visit
Kumara Parvatha is one of the trekking paradises of Karnataka. It is located near Kukke Subrahmanya Temple.
Kukke Subrahmanya Temple
Kukke Subrahmanya is one of the major temples of Karnataka state. Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped in the form of Serpant. The temple attracts many people from Karnataka and other parts of the country. Kukke Subrahmanya is located at a distance of 41 Km from Sullia.
Kumaradhara River is one of the sacred rivers of Karnataka. The river takes its birth in Coorg district and flows via Kukke Subrahmanya and joins River Nethravathi at Uppinangady before flowing to the Arabian Sea. Pilgrims going to Kukke Subrahmanya temple takes a holy dip before they go on to the temple to have darshan.
Somanatheshwara Temple is situated in Agrahara near Kukke Subrahmanya. This is an ancient temple and Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Somanatheshwara.
Thodikana is a beautiful village situated in the foothills of Western Ghats and located at a distance of 12 Km from Sullia. The main attraction of Thodikana is a temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna and Meenugundi.
A Devaragundi waterfall is one of the most tourists visited falls in Dakshina Kannada district and it is located at a distance of 1.5 Km from Thodikana.
The Nearest Airport is Mangalore International Airport. There is no railway facility to Sullia. The Nearest Railway Stations are in Subrahmanya Road or Puttur. Sulllia is about 85km from Mangalore (Mangalore is headquarters of Dakshina kannada district). It is 330km away from Bangalore. You can reach sullia via Mysore or via Hassan and Puttur. You will get buses from almost all major places of Karnataka to Sullia.
Shri Somanatheshwara Temple, Agrahara,
Subrahmanya, Sullia District,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.