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| Last Updated:: 20/09/2023

Pushpagiri or Kumara Parvatha








Pushpagiri (Kumara Parvatha) is a mountain located in Subrahmanya village (also known as Kukke Subrahmanya) of Sullia taluk in Dakshina Kannada district. The peak is at a height of about 1712 meters, and is located at a distance of 13 km from and east of the famous Kukke Subrahmanya temple. The altitude of Kumara Parvatha is about 4000 ft from sea level. The mountain, Kumara Parvatha is the border between Kodagu district and Dakshin Kannada district. In the night, the lights of Somwarpet can be seen from the peak of the mountain.





From a distance, the mountain looks as if it is one single peak, but in reality, it has three peaks called 'Shesha Parvatha', 'Siddha Parvatha' and 'Kumara Parvatha'. Shesha Parvatha faces the south and looks like a serpent with seven hoods. Siddha Parvatha is another part of the mountain and it is inaccessible. It is believed that Shri Vishnuthirthacharya is performing penance here even now. One will have to cross Shesha Parvatha, to reach the Kumara Parvatha.










Kukke Subramanya is a temple located in the village of Subramanya. In this temple Kartikeya is worshipped as Subramanya,lord of all serpents. The epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refuge under Subramanya when threatened by Garuda. Kumara Parvatha forms a picture-perfect backdrop to the temple entrance and the Shesha Parvatha (a mountain shaped like a six-headed mythological serpent, adjacent to Kumara Parvatha) looks like a cobra with its open hood, as if protecting the temple shrine of Lord Subramanya.







The view from the top of Kumara Parvatha is very beautiful. The forests with their myriad trees and the agriculture fields of Dakshina Kannada smiling with the magnificence of tender crop in the west, the estates of Kodagu in the south east, the plains of Mysore clad in green in the north-east and the Western Ghats standing upright like soldiers on guard provide a feast for sore eyes.