Sarpa Samskara or Sarpa Dosha
Sarpa Samskara/Sarpa Dosha is one of the poojas performed at Kukke Subramanya Temple by devotees to get rid of the sarpa dosha (according to belief, a person either in this birth or any of his previous births can be afflicted by the sarpa (serpent) dosha (curse) either knowingly or un-knowingly through many ways). Persons who are afflicted with this dosha are advised by the astrologers /horoscope writers to perform this pooja for their well being. Pooja can be done either by the person afflicted if he is a male and married, or through a priest. This is because the pooja involves rituals similar to the ones done in performing shrartham (death rites). Sarpa Samskara seva devotees are required to stay for two days. The seva occurs in the day time with no particular poojas in the evening. Food arrangements will be provided to the said devotees by the temple devastanam, for four persons only per seva.
Due to the wide belief in the snake god in the coastal regions of Karnataka and Kerala, this pooja is performed by people from all faiths.
PURPOSE & USES OF DOING SARPA SAMSKARA
Sarpa Samskara Pooja is generally suggested for unmarried people. Sarpa Dosham is generally believed to be the result of misdeeds from a past life/lives revisiting your present life. If your atma (soul) has caused any harm to snakes in a prior life, then it will cause problems for you in this life, hence 'sarpa dosham'. In order to obtain relief from 'Sarpa Dosham' you need to perfom 'sarpa samskara'. The cost of a 'sarpa samskara' ranges from Rs.1300 to Rs.1800.
HOW TO PERFORM SARPA SAMSKARA
If you want to do the 'sarpa samskara' you need to go to the Kukke Subramanya Temple situated 285 KM from Bangalore. It is mandatory to stay there for two days. Accommodation is available, ranging from Rs.150 to Rs.400 per day (Non AC / AC). The pooja cost for a 'sarpa samskara' is Rs. 1500. In order to perform a 'sarpa samskara' pooja, it is advisable to book in advance. The temple authorities help out, though, by charging around Rs.300 to Rs.500 extra for a pooja to be performed without prior booking. The pooja is a 2 day program.On the first day it starts at 7.00 am and ends at 12.30pm. followed by lunch at the temple only good food is also provided at the night by temple. you are not supposed to eat /drink in the hotels or elsewhere during these two days. next day again you will be required to attend phase 2 of the pooja which again lasts for 4 hours again followed by lunch. If you have not booked in advance, then it is advisable to reach the temple one day(at least the earlier evening) prior to the intended pooja day.
The maximum number of people who can participate in sarpa samskara at one time is 4. carry some washed cotton clothes to wear at the pooja. Brahmin community people are to do the pooja themselves for non brahmins there will be temple appointed Poojari performing on behalf of you. Couples having trouble in conceiving are also advised by astrologers to do the Sarpa samskara.
HOW TO REACH KUKKE SUBRAMANYA TEMPLE
Buses service to Kukke Subramanya Temple: Kukke subramanya can be reached by road from Mangalore and Bangalore. KSRTC is operating buses daily from these two places.
Details of Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya KSRTC Bus services, Timings: If you are planning to travel from Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya by bus, here are the details. The distance from Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya temple by bus is 266 km. There are buses at 08:15 and 09:15 (Ordinary) and 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:00 (Rajahamsa) from Kempegowda Bus Stand, Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya Temple. Bus fare from Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya are as follows: Ordinary Buses fare is Rs. 195 and Rajahamsa fare is Rs. 296 from Bangalore.
Enquries about K.S.R.T.C bus services can be made at Telephone Numbers 080-22870099 and 080-22873377 (Kempegowda Bus Stand, Magesic, Bangalore Enquiry), 0824-2212243 (Mangalore), 0821-2520853 (Mysore).
Private bus services also commute Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya. Private buses leaves Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya around 10:30 - 11:00 pm in the night.
Distance from Kasargod(Kerala) to Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is 83 km. The distance between Kukke Subramanya and Madikeri is 66 km and distance from Mangalore to Kukke Subrahmanya is 107 km. Distance from Kukke subrahmanya to Dharmasthala is 72 Km.
Distance between Subramanya Road to Kukke Subramanya temple is about 12 Kms. From there you will get busses and jeeps that take you to Kukke Subramanya Temple.
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KSTDC offers a temple tour including Kukke Subrahmanya every thrusday night from Bangalore.
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By Air: Mangalore International Airport (Bajpe Airport) is the closest access for flights from Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and other parts of India. Kukke Subrahmanya is 110 km and the taxi fare would be costing Rs 1200.
By Train:The nearest railway station is Subrahmanya Road Railway Station (SBRS) on Mangaluru-Bengaluru railway route, which at 7 km from Kukke Subramanya. One can catch a local transport from the station for a journey of 15 minutes to the temple. Kukke Subramanya is 105 kms away from Mangalore, 285 kms from Bangalore and 151 kms from Karwar.
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HOTELS, BOARDING, LODGING & ACCOMODATION IN KUKKE SUBRAMANYA
The temple authorities have guest houses (A/C & Non-A/c) choultries within a kilometre south and west of the temple. But they are mostly occupied and cannot be booked over the phone. Private Hotels & Lodges are available and can be booked over phone. To see Hotels, Boarding, Lodging & Accomodation facilities available at Kukke Subramanya [ CLICK HERE ]
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Precautions to be taken after Naga Dosha Parihara pooja
Do not visit to any Vishnu temple immediately after performing Naga Dosha Parihara pooja. You need to have head bath before you visit any Vishnu temple. Do not offer Sastanga Namaskara in any Naga Devatha temple. Naga Dosha Nivarana pooja should not be performed nearer to the montly date. Give atleast 8 days gap to conduct the pooja.