Temple: Udupi Sri Krishna Matha
Udupi Sri Krishna Matha is a popular Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and is located in the town of Udupi, Karnataka.
Udupi Sri Krishna Matha – Overview
The Krishna Matha is known throughout the world for the famous Lord Krishna Temple. It is a center for education, social, and religious activities. Another attraction of this temple is the “Kanakana Kindi,” a small window through which Lord Krishna is believed to have turned towards his ardent devotee, Kanakadasa.
The unique feature of the Krishna Matha Temple is that devotees can view Lord Krishna only through the small window which has nine holes, and hence also called as Navagraha Kitiki. The window is beautifully carved and silver plated.
Udupi Sri Krishna Matha – History
The Krishna Matha was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhwacharya in the 13th century. He was the founder of the Dvaita School of Vedanta.
Udupi Sri Krishna Matha – Religious Significance
The daily poojas of the Krishna Matha are managed by the Astha Mathas (eight temples). Each of the Astha Mathas performs the temple management activities for two years in a cyclic order. These mathas are together called as the Krishna Matha.
These eight mathas are Pejavara, Puttige, Palimaru, Adamaru, Sodhe, Kanivooru, Shirur, and Krishnapura.
Devotees perform ceremonies in a large scale daily. The offerings start at 5 o’clock in the morning and continue throughout the day without any interruptions.
All festivals are celebrated in Krishna Matha with grandeur. The temple is full of devotees throughout the year, thronging to see Lord Krishna. Festivals like Makara Sankranthi, Ratha –Sapthami, Madhva Navami, Hanuma Jayanthi, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Navarathi Mahotsava, Madhva Jajanti(Vijaya Dashami), Naraka Chathurdashi, Deepavali, and Geetha Jayanthi, are celebrated very grandly by the matha every year.
The Paryaya festival is held every two years during which time the temple management is handed over to the next Matha. Each of the Mathas is headed by a swami, who will be in charge of the temple during his Paryaya. You can visit the temple anytime during these festivals.
Udupi Sri Krishna Matha – Mythology
Legend has it that Kanakadasa, a devotee of Lord Krishna, was not allowed to enter the temple as he was from a lower cadre of the society. He stood outside the temple and prayed to Lord Krishna by singing his praises.
Pleased with the devotee, Lord Krishna turned to the west and gave Kanakadasa a glimpse of his heavenly form through a small window at the back of the mutt. Even today, devotees of Lord Krishna come to Udupi to see Lord Krishna and offer prayers through the same window.
How to Get to Udupi
Udupi is accessible by buses, trains, and by airplanes (nearest airport is Mangalore Airport). Buses from different major south Indian cities ply to Udupi.
Udupi lies at a distance of 59 km from the Mangalore International Airport. From the airport, prepaid taxis are available. Also, frequent buses ply from Mangalore to Udupi.
Udupi is a major station on the Konkan railway route. Udupi is situated on the National Highway NH17 connecting Cochin with Mumbai. A journey in the car can also be quite enjoyable. A visit to the Udupi to see Krishna Matha and visit the beaches can be a soothing experience for any traveler.