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Udupi - home of a famous Lord Krishna temple

Udupi is new district formed separated from Dakshina Kannada district (South Canara) in 1997. Udupi, also called temple city is about 60 Kms from north of Mangalore on southwest coast of India, is the home of a famous Krishna temple and the Ashta Mathas (eight temples).

Udupi - home of a famous Lord Krishna templeUdupi is first among the seven places of pilgrimages. The famous Krishna temple at Udupi, has a fascinating idol of Lord Krishna that is richly adorned with jewels. The Krishna temple was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhvacharya in the 13th century. The daily sevas (offerings to god) and administration of the Krishna Mutt are managed by the Ashta Mathas.

Each of the Ashta Mathas manages Shri Krishna temple for two years in a cyclical order. During the Paryaya festival, the transfer of authority of the exclusive rights to worship and administration and management of Lord Krishna temple is handed over by one matha to another

These eight Mathas are as follows:

Pejavara, Puttige, Phalimaru, Adamaru, Sodhe, Kaneyur, Shirur and Krishnapur.

Udupi is the center for education, social and religious activities. Large number of Sanskrit scholars can be found in Udupi. Renounced saints like Purandara Dasa, Kanaka Dasa, and Chaithanya Maha Prabhu visited this temple. The golden chariot and Madhwa Sarovara in the temple of Shri Krishna adds to the fame of Udupi. The other temples Chandamouleeswara and Anantheshwara are the most ancient temples of Udupi.

The main attraction of Lord Krishna temple is the 'Kanakana Kindi' - a hole through which Krishna is believed to have given darshan to his ardent devotee, Kanaka Dasa.

In the 16th century, during Sri Vaadiraja 's rule, Kanaka Dasa, came to Udupi to worship Lord Krishna. He was not allowed inside the temple since he was from a lower caste. Sri Krishna, pleased by the worship of Kanakadasa 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 weather is fairly similar throughout the year. Temperature ranges from 30 to 35 degrees centigrade in day time and is around 10 degrees less during night. Humidity is normally high most of the time.

Places to Visit:
  1. Lord Krishna Temple

  2. Chandamouleeswara temple

  3. Anantheshwara temple

  4. Malpe Beach

  5. St. Mary's Island

  6. Sri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi Temple, Padubidri

  7. Maravante

  8. Kollur

  9. Manipal: 3 kms from Udupi, is a centre of modern learning with well known medical and engineering colleges.

Udupi is also world famous for its delicious cuisine (Udupi Hotel). Pure vegetarian food is prepared without onions or garlic. The ubiquitous Indian dish masala dosa has its origins in Udupi.

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