Sri Krishna :
Lord Krishna also known as Udupi SriKrishna graces the devotees in this temple facing west which has five tiered Rajagopuram. The entrance is through the gate facing south. There is water tank on the eastern side made by the Acharya with mantap made of stone at the center. Mother Gangadevi graces from the temple in the southwest corner. This was called Viraja Theertha in Krutha Yuga, Ananda Sarovaram or Thretha and Dwapara Yuga and now Madhwa Sarover in Kaliyuga.
Sri Mukhyaprana(Bhojanashala Mukhyaprana)
The Udupi is said to have attained the status of Vaikuntham, kingdom or abode of God. The town is famous place of pilgrimage in Karnataka and among Hindus because of this temple of Lord Sri Krishna and Sri Krishna Matha.
Udupi Krishna : The Krishna Matha was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Sri Madhwacharya in 13th century. He was the founder of the Dwaitha School of Vedanta. It is believed that Saint Madhwacharya found the Murty of Lord Sri Krishna in large ball of gopichandana.
As informed by Saint Sri Madhwacharya, in his Tantrasara Sangraha, the Murty is placed in West Pashchimabhimukha. All the other Murthy in other Astha mutts are facing Western as well. Once Sant Kanakadasa, pious worshipper and devotee of Lord Krishna, was staying in makeshift hermitage in front of Krishna mutt. Despite him being an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna, he was not allowed to enter the temple as he was an untouchable. He started to offer prayers to Lord Sri Krishna who pleased with his devoutness Lord Krishna Idol facing the direction of east turned to west and there was an opening in the wall wide enough for Kanakadasa to have darshan of Lord Sri Krishan, Even today all devotees worship Lord Krishna through this window. It is known as Kankana Kindi, which is decorated by an arch named after him. His statue has also been erected. Similar window covers the immediate front of the Lord Sri Krishna and is called Navagraha Kindi. It is often mistaken to be Kankana Kindi.
The daily sevas (offerings to god) and administration of Krishna Mutt which are managed by the Astha Mathas (eight monasteries). Each of these Astha Mathas performs temple management activities for two years in cyclical order. They are collectively known as the Ashta Mathagalu in Kannada language.
The Krishna Matha is known throughout the world for its religious customs, traditions, and learning in Dwaitha or Tatvavaada philosophy. It is also the center of Dasa Sahitya which is form of literature originated in Udupi.These eight Mathas are Pejavara, Puttige, Palimaru, Adamaru, Sodhe, Kaniyooru, Shirur and Krishna Pura
In Dvaparayuga, when Sri Krishna was making mother Devaki happy by showing childhood mischiefs in the attire of a kid, his wife Rukmini watched it by hiding and requested that she also wanted such beautiful statue. Looking after the request by wife, he created a statue from Shalagarama Stone of Kadagolu Balakrishna and gave it to her. After Sri Krishna left to parandhama, arjuna established the statue and worshiped in Rukmini Vana(Dwaaraka - Gujarath).
Gradually the statue got submerged in the soil containing gopichandana. In kaliyuga while a sailor was brining gopichandana logs in his ship near udupi (exactly Vadabandeshawara - currently Malpe), he was in danger due to heavy storm and knowing about the arrival of god Madhavacharya saved the ship. Looking at acharya's meditational powers the sailor was amazed and went on to offer valuable things in his ship, but acharya only accepted the gopichandana logs and came back to udupi chanting dvadashastotra and established the statue in the matha with all the rituals according to shastras after cleaning the statue in the lake. He then taught sarvamula lessons to eight of his disciples along with sanyasatva and provided them with the rights to perform pooja to Sri Krishna and to promote dvaitamata.
Udupi Krishna Sri Krishna was established in Udupi for the sole reason of prosperity of people. Madhvacharya decided to leave to badari after showing himself to human eyes for 79 years, showing his glory, preaching about madhva siddhanta, defeating people in debate and teaching lessons to his disciples. Deciding that the intention of his incarnation was fulfilled during kalivarsha 4418, magha shudh navami of pingala calendar 1317 AD, acharya disappeared in udupi anantheshwara temple while teaching lessons of aitareya bashya to his disciples. Sri Madhvacharya even after disappearing on rajathapeeta and appearing in badari, is specially seated in Sri Anantheshwara Temple Acharya Gudi and Paryaya Swamiji's and also Paryaya Simhasana Peeta.
Sri Madhvacharya gave paramahamsa ashrama to eight balavatu, allocated them to Lord Krishna pooja, he gave them eight statues (Sri Rama, Chathurbuja Kaliyamardhana Krishna, Dvibuja Kaliyamardhana Krishna, Vittala, Vittala, Bhuvaraha, Narasimha and Vittala God) created by his own hands ordered them to continue the legacy. To eight disciples of them (Sri Hrishikeshatirtharu, Sri Naraharitirtharu, Sri Janardhanatirtharu, Sri Upendratirtharu, Sri Vamanatirtharu, Sri Vishnutirtharu, Sri Ramatirtharu, Sri Adhokshajatirtharu) acharya established eight mathas as Palimar matha, Adamaru matha, Krishnapur matha, Puttige matha, Shiroor matha, Sode matha, Kaniyuru matha and Pejavara matha. In order to perform the paryaya pooja efficiently, in the order as mentioned above, dvandva matha system was created involving two mathas. He allocated his ashrama teacher Sri Achyutha Prekshacharya hailing from the sanakadi yathi tradition to bhimasethu matha(sathyathirtha) as adipathi and his younger brother Sri Vishnuthirtha for sodhe matha and subramanya matha as moolayathi. Sri Madhvacharya was the devoted guru for Uttaradi matha, Sri Padaraya matha, Sri Raghavendra Swamy matha and Sri Vyasaraya matha.
Udupi is one among the 7 Parashurama Kshetras i.e. the places created by Sage Parashurama. History says Parasurama threw his axe from Gokarnam and it fell at Kanyakumari. The sea gave way to land, thus giving rise to all the coastal areas including Udupi. Apart from Lord Sri Krishna Temple, there are 2 important ancient temples in Udupi. One is Ananteshwara Temple and other is Chandramouleshwara Temple.
In Sanskrit, Udupa means moon. According to history moon prayed Lord Shiva here to get rid of a curse. Lord Shiva was pleased with moon’s prayers and blessed him in the form of Lingam which you can see in Chandramoulishwara Temple.Since moon prayed here the place has got its name Udupi.
It is believed that Lord Sri Krishna turned himself to provide darshan for Kanakadasaru.
Sri Krishna is worshipped fourteen times in day by Swamiji. View of these rituals stating from the worship of dawn to the night.
Of these the first ten are conducted in the forenoon. The remaining four are conducted as evening services. Thus this Lord of fouteen worlds accepts fourteen types of pujas everyday.
All the Swamji's take bath in Madwa sarovara before commencing worship to lord Krishna
Men: Traditional/ Dhithi or Mundu are Allowed. Devotees wearing Pants and shirts are not allowed inside this temple People weraing Lungi are also Not allowed inside Sanctum Sanctorum.
must be attired in Saree, Set Mundu, Salwar Kameez, Skirts with Blouses are allowed to visit this temple.
The milk drawn from cow inside the temple premises are only used for abhishekha of Sri Lord Krishna.
The Nandadeepa( lamp) which was light up sri Madhwacharya, has never been extinguished till date , keeps lighted for time Immemorial
Temple management will be offered and changed once two years on the basis of Paryaya of Asta mathas.
The main Utsavas performed to Sri Krishna
Sri Krishna Matha,
Car Street, Udupi - 576101
Karnataka State, India
Udupi Railway Station (Konkan Railway) with direct trains arriving to Udupi from Mumbai, Delhi, Rajkot and Ahmedabad. Nearly 30-40 buses run daily from Mumbai, (18 - 20 hours of journey) - via Ankola, Kumta, Bhatkal, Dharwad and Belgaum. There are 2 flights daily from Mumbai and from Bangalore. Mangalore Airport - Located at Bajpe 60 kms away from Udupi. Taxis are available and is One hour journey from this airport to Udupi.
By Road :
The temple is situated on National Highway No.7. Regular buses runs to Udupi, from Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysore, Mumbai, Goa and other places within Karnataka.
By Rail :
Udupi has a railway station on Mangalore - Udupi line.
By Air :
Nearest airport is Bajpe Airport, Mangalore (60 km).
Temple provides Food as Prasadam to the devotees everyday.
|SL.No||Sevas / Poojas||Amount|
|3||Sarva Seva Brahmotsava||30800|
|10||Suvarna Palaki Rathotsava||5300|
|12||Bhagavatha Saptaha (Including annasantarpane)||30050|
|13||Gritha (Ghee) Nandadeepa (1 Year)||14050|
|14||Laksha Tulasi Archana||30050|
|16||Vajra Kavacha Alankara Seva||10050|
|18||Hoovina Pooja(excluding flower)||2545|
|19||Chinnada Thottilu Pooja||1295|
|22||Avasara Sanakadhi Pooja||250|
|23||Ushakaala Pooja(Vishwaroopa darshana)||250|
|27||Shayanotsava (Ekanta Seva)||250|
|29||Halu Benne Seva||250|
|33||Godana (uttama Kalpa)||5200|
|34||Godana (Madyama Kalpa)||2750|
|35||One day Godarma||2550|
|36||Shree Madhwacharya Hasthodhaka||130|
|37||Hastodaka to all Vrindavanastha Gurus||150|
|38||Mahapooja to Garuda||150|
|3||Navagraha Homa (Other Expenses extra)||2650|
|Lord Sri Mukhyaprana|
|1||Vajra Kavacha Alankara Seva||5030|
|2||Vayusthuthi Punascharane (7 days)||3520|
|3||Mahapooja Sahitha Rangapooja||775|
|Lord Sri Mukhyaprana(Bhojanashala Mukhyaprana)|
|1||Chinnada Kavacha Alankara Seva||1265|
|3||Hoovina Pooja (Excluding flowers)||200|
|Lord Sri Subrahmanya|
|1||Hoovina Pooja (Excluding flowers)||170|
|3||Pavamana Kalasha Abhisheka||100|
|1||Hoovina Pooja (Excluding flower)||2650|
|1||Pavamana Homa(Other Expenses extra)||2650|
|2||Aslesha Bali (Other Expenses extra)||2650|
|3||Naga Prathishte (Other Expenses extra)||1050|
|4||Bramachari Aradhana (Other Expenses extra)||300|
|5||Kanike for Upanayana||2750|
If the Upakarma for the Rugvedis and Yajurvedis come in the month of Shravana, Upakarma for Samavedis comes in Bhadrapada Masa. Upakarma (thread changing ceremony) is held at Sri Krishna Mutt for all the followers of all the 3 branches of the Vedas. Hundreds of Vaishnavas living in and around udupi, come to Sri Krishna Mutt to wear the new Yajnopavithas discarding the old ones. Apart from Sri Krishna Mutt, Rujupakarma is also held at Sri Anantheshwar Temple, Udupi and Yajurupakarma is held at Chandreshwara Temple, Udupi. As the sacred thread of the Yathis are kept on their holy Danda, the holy new thread is exchanged for the old thread fixed on the holy stick. But the Swamijis are not required to participate in the Upakarma mela; but the holy thread is to be exchanged for the holy stick of the Swamijis only on the eve of Rugupakarma.