Udupi Krishna Temple
Udupi is located at a distance of 60 km from Mangalore on coastal region of Western Ghats. Udupi is a temple town and district headquarters of Udupi district. Udupi is famous for the Lord Krishna temple located here.
The Name - 'Udupi' Udupi is the place where Chandra (the moon) performed penance in propitiation of lord Shiva in the forest to get rid of the curse given by Daksha Prajapathi. Lord Shiva being pleased appeared before the moon and removed the curse given by Daksha Prajapathi. The actual place where the moon performed penance is known as 'Abjaranya'. 'Udu' means a 'Star' and 'Pa' means a 'Place'. The place is called as Udupi as the moon performed penance and gained grace.
Udupi is the first among the seven places of pilgrimage. The famous Krishna temple in Udupi, has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna, which is richly decorated with jewels.
The Krishna temple was founded in 13th century by famous Vaishnavite saint Sri Madhvacharya. The daily sevas (offerings to the Lord) and the administration of Krishna Mutt are managed by the Eight Mutts also referred as Ashta Mathas.
The Ashta Mathas are Pejavara mutt, Puttige mutt, Phalimaru mutt, Adamaru mutt, Sodhe mutt, Kaneyur mutt, Shirur mutt and Krishnapur mutt.
Each of Ashta Mathas manages Sri Krishna temple for two years in a cyclical order. During the Paryaya festival, the transfer of authority exclusive rights to worship and to the administration and management of Lord Krishna temple are given by one to the other mutt.
Udupi is the center for education, social and religious activities. Many Sanskrit scholars can be found in Udupi. Popular saints like Sri Purandara Dasa, Sri Kanaka Dasa, and Chaithanya Maha Prabhu visited this temple in the past.
The main attraction of Sri Krishna mutt is the 'Kanakana Kindi' - a hole through which Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his ardent devotee, Kanakadasa.
According to the legend, once Kanakadasa, a devotee of Lord Krishna was not allowed into the temple since he was from a lower caste. Pleased by the worship of Kanakadasa, Lord Krishna miraculously created a small hole in the back wall of the temple and turned to face the hole so that Kanakadasa could see him. This hole came to be known as Kanakana Kindi.
The other temples near Sri Krishna temple are Anantheshwara temple which is believed that that King Rama Bhoja, a follower of Lord Parashurama installed the idol of Lord Anantheshwara. Chandramouleshwara temple is built in the place where the moon performed a penance, to get rid of the curse of Daksha Prajapathi. The usual practice in Udupi is to visit Chandramouleshwara temple, Anantheshwara temples and then visit Sri Krishna temple.