Udupi Sri Krishna Matha (or Mutt) is a popular Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The Krishna Matha was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Sri Madhwacharya in the 13th century. He was the founder of the Dvaita School of Vedanta. Udupi is the land of breathtaking beauty, located between the verdant mountains of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.
Legend / Sthala Purana
In the 13th century, idols of Lord Krishna and Balarama in Dwaraka were covered by sandal to such an extent that they were indistinguishable from sandalwood logs. They were mistakenly loaded to a ship carrying sandalwood. That ship was caught in a storm near the Karnataka coast. Meanwhile, the saint, Madhvacharya, who lived in this area, had a dream of Lord Krishna asking to be rescued from the ship. He hastened to the beach at Malpe, where, by waving his saffron robes, he guided the ship to safety. The sailors were so glad to be saved that they offered him anything from the ship that he wanted. Madhvacharya chose two logs – those containing the idols of Lord Krishna and Balarama. The idol of Balarama he installed at Malpe beach, in the Vadabhandeshwara temple. He brought the Krishna idol to Udupi and installed in his mutt. It was he who set up the temple, and the method of pooja there, which are being followed to this day.
Madhvacharya handed over the charge of the temple and prayers to his 8 disciples, who went on to form their own mutts around Udupi. These 8 mutts are known as the Ashta Mutts, and they take turns in managing the Udupi Mutha every two years.
The temple is simple, but beautiful. The temple tank is a sacred one, where it is believed that the idol was immersed to rid it of all the excess sandal.
An interesting story of the temple relates to Kanakadasa, in the 16th century. Kanakadasa was an ardent devotee of the Lord, but he was denied entry into the temple owing to his caste. Kanakadasa did not mind. For him, the thought of his beloved deity was far higher than the idol. He was content with a glimpse of the deity through a window at the back of the sanctum, even though all he could see was the back of the Lord. As Kanakadasa sang His praises, the Lord couldn't resist taking a look at his devotee, and turned. Thus He stands till today, with his back to the door, facing a window. And that is how we see him, through the window, which is called, appropriately enough, the Kanakanakindi – after the devotee whom the Lord himself wanted to see!!
Significance of the Temple
The unique feature of the Lord Krishna darshan through the Kanakana Kindi (Kanaka’s window).
The main idol of Lord Krishna shows him as a small boy holding a churning rod on the right hand and rope on the left hand. This is the one of the kind representation of Lord Krishna that can be seen nowhere in India but Udupi.
The lamps that are kept near the main idol of Lord Krishna were first lighted by Sri Madhava Acharya in the 13th century and are still kept burning.
A small shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhagirathi (Ganga) is located in the southwest corner of the Madhava Sarovar.
The holy trip to Udupi Krishna Temple is considered complete by visiting the Anatheshwara Temple and the Chandramouleeshwara temple in the Mutt, before visiting the Udupi Krishna Temple.
Udupi city is well connected by Highways and Railways.
Distance From: Mangaluru - 55 km, Murudeshwar - 102 km, Shivamogga - 147 km, Bengaluru - 403 km
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Bus Station: Udupi
Nearest Railway Station: Udupi
Where to Stay
Udupi town has hotels that beach resorts all budgets. Udupi Mutt also give rooms for piligrims.
What to Eat
The food prasadam offered by the Krishna Mutt is famous for its taste. Don't miss it.
Udupi is a synonym for breakfast varities like Masala Dosa. So Dosa is a must taste here.
The Wheat Halwa, Banana Halwa that is made up of Ghee and the Banana Chips of this place are well-known.
Try local recipies Shavige Kurma, Capsicum, Moode Kodekene, Pundigatti, Chattambade, Jagfruit appam, Halpayi, Beaten rice tadka etc.
Festivals / Events
The Saptotsava – seven days grand festival during Makara Sankranthi (January)
Rathotsava – On the day of Makara Sankranthi
Churnotsava – On the last or the seventh day of Saptotsava
Sri Krishna Jayanti – The auspicious day occurs in Aug or Sept.
Sri Madhava Navami – Celebrated in a grand manner during February.
Paryaya festival - held every two years (evey even year), the temple management is handed over to the next Matha.
All Hindu festivals celebrated on a grand scale
Worship & Darshan Timings
04.30am to 09.00pm
05.30am - Nirmalya Visarjana
06.00am - Ushahkala Pooja
06:15am - Go-Pooja
06.30am - Panchamrita Pooja
07.00am - Udvartana Pooja
07.30am - Kalasha Pooja
07.40am - Theertha Pooja
08.30am - Alankara Pooja
10.30am - Avasara Pooja
11.00am - Maha Pooja
Sri Mukhyaprana Pooja
Sri Madhwacharya Pooja
07.00pm - Chamara seva
07.30pm - Ratri Pooja
07.40pm - Ranga Pooja
08.50pm - Ekantaseva
The Ratha Beedi area around the temple is a popular buy culnary, wood handicraft items, spices and oils used in traditional Udupi cooking. On major festive events, the area around the Krishna temple comes abuzz with many temporary shops.