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Krishnan Temple


Udupi Sri Krishna Matha is a well known Hindu temple committed to god Krishna situated in the town of Udupi in Karnataka, India. The matha region looks like a living ashram, a heavenly place for day by day dedication and living. Encompassing the Sri Krishna Matha are a few temples in particular the Udupi Anantheshwara Temple which is over a 1,000 years of age.

Shree Krishna Temple Udipi is first among the seven spots of journeys. A large number of devout enthusiasts throng the Udupi Krishna temple all round the year to get a look at Lord Krishna.

Udupi is a celestial holy place in the beach front district of Western Ghats. Arranged around 60 kms from Mangalore, it is a genuinely substantial and up and coming town that was sanctum of Madhvacharya, the considerable Sanskrit Philosopher. The well known temple here, has an entrancing icon of Lord Krishna that is luxuriously enhanced with gems. It is the middle for instruction, social and religious exercises in the area of South Canara. It is known for the acclaimed Sri Krishna temple. The purposes behind its acclaim are the statue of Sri Krishna introduced by the colossal holy person Sri Madhvacharya and the compensation and impact of Sri Vaadiraja yathivarenya.

There are three temples in Udupi; Chandreshwara, Anantheshwara and Sri Krishna temple. Chandreshwara and Anatheshwara are the most old temples of Udupi.

About The Temple

Enter the Car Street through the Kanakadasa Road and continue towards the North and after that turn towards the East. There is the tower of Sri Krishna temple with what is known as Kanaka's window underneath that. Past that is Anantheswara. Chandreswara is situated before that. When we move towards the North of it the primary passageway of Sri Krishna hallowed place with a radiant tower invites us.

The temple office is on our right side on entering the place of worship. When devotees continue a couple of yards further, a way drives us to a holy tank known as Madhva Sarovara. Toward the West is the passageway to the hallowed place. There is a status of Chenna Keshva at the passage. This truth be told is the passage to the sanctum sanctorum from the East. The Swamijis used to go into the sanctum sanctorum through this subsequent to washing in the tank. It is said that when the horde of the pioneers expanded the entryway was shut and a status of Chenna Keshava was introduced in the second 50% of the most recent century.

Just on the Vijayadashami day this entryway is opened at this point. On that day the Swamiji enters the place of worship through this entryway. The nine sacrosanct corns are additionally brought into the temple that day through this entryway for the crisp harvest feast. On every single other day this passageway is shut and the statue Chenna Keshava remains there.

When continued towards the left in the circumambulating way there is a little room known as anuyaaga deal, the lobby of oblation to flame god. The minister make oblation to flame when the puja is performed inside the sanctum sanctorum.

A brilliant palanquin is kept in the room before that. The 33rd pontiff of Sri Krishna Mutt, Sri Vidyapurna Thirtha Swamiji, gave the brilliant palanquin. In the West there is a surya deal, lobby where the researchers recount Veda, purana, itihaasa and the works of Sri Madhvacharya. At night the flute players and performers sing and play on musical instruments and offer their administrations to Sri Krishna.

Joined to surya deal is another room in the West. This is known as Cinnada Koone, treasury of gems. All gems offered to Sri Krishna right from the rulers of Vijayanagar up to the Kings of Mysore are put away here. To the privilege is a mantapa before the temple. In the middle of this mantapa and the sanctum sanctorum there is a little entry and a window through which the guests can observe the icon inside. This window with nine square openings is known as navagraha kitiki, Window of nine planets. It must be noticed that there is no passageway to the sanctum sanctorum in the front. One needs to take a gander at the icon through this window, which is secured with aesthetically cut silver plates.

Actually there was an entryway here. It was later on shut to control the group, just like the case with the eastern passageway. The wonderful metal statues of Jaya and Vijaya still remain on either side of this window. The window is brightened with the carvings delineating the ten incarnations of Vishnu. Inside the window is seen the modest icon of Krishna as a little kid. There is a stirring pole in the right hand and rope in the left. We can watch honest look in the face. This is the main icon of this kind for the entire of India.

Indeed, even the lights blazing by the side of Krishna have a background marked by hundreds of years. The light lit by Sri Madhvacharya is continued smoldering even right up 'til the present time and all around secured. It was never permitted to get stifled. There is a custom which records that when Chaitanya Maharshi came to Udupi he got a light lit from this light and took it to Vrindavan and saved it there. In this way the light lit by Sri Madhvacharya blesses Udipi, as well as Vrindavan, which was quite a long time ago the field of Krishna's games.

To one side of this icon is another symbol of Sri Venugopal Krishna. This is not obviously unmistakable to the aficionados who view it from the window. Nothing positive is thought about this icon, yet there is an oral conventional which gives the story along these lines. It is known from the Shankara Vijaya of Ananthan-andagiri that Hastamalaka, one of the private pupils of Sri Shankaracharya had built up a symbol of Krishna in Rajatapiithapura

Hastamalaka had introduced it in Kangur Mutt at kosdavur close Adi Udupi. In the fourteenth century this went under the purview of the Balegar Mutt of a Madhva pontiff Sri Akshobhya Tirtha close Tirthahalli. He named Brahmin minister for worship in the temple. At the appointed time it separated its association with the Balegar Mutt. The minister responsible for the temple thought that it was hard to perform the ceremonies because of neediness. Consequently they surrendered the symbol to Sri Krishna Mutt. Therefore the symbol of God Krishna of Adi Udupi was built up adjacent to the icon of Udipi Krishna.

There is a little mantap before the sanctum sanctorum. Fanning of the divinity with chowry before the night puja and the mantapa puja after the night worship are the two services performed here. Toward the west before the mantapa there is a corridor known as canard deal. The 'Kanaka's window' is on the mass of this corridor. In the nights researchers discuss legends and sacred writings here. In the northern corner there is a little mantapa saved for the worship of sacrosanct writings amid Navratri. There are two temples on either side of this lobby. In the North there is Mukhyaprana and in the south there is a little temple of Garuda.

These two icons were conveyed to this spot from Ayodhya and introduced here as prove by the life story of Sri Vadiraja. At the point when Sri Vadiraja went again to Ayodhya he brought the icons of Hanuman and Garuda and introduced them in front before Sri Krishna's golden calf.

The temple of Mukhyaprana has two walled in areas. One is the sanctum sanctorum. The cleric sits outside this to appropriate tirtha and prasaada. Rangapuuje is one of the exceptional customs here. Swamiji himself performs the principle puja here after the mahaapuuje of the twelve and the raatripuuje of the night at the fundamental holy place. All dishes offered to Lord Krishna are later on conveyed here and offered to Mukhyapraana. This Mukhyapraana is the most capable god here. It is trusted that Mukhyaprana himself makes all plans for the Paryana celebration.

When we continue further towards the North there is a stage for hallowed Tulasi plant and a major lamppost. This Tulasi vrindavan is very much enhanced amid the splendid fortnight of the lunar month of Kartika. The Tulasi plant is revered with recitations and dancings for twelve days amid period. When we continue promote north there is one section driving towards the left to the throne, kitchen and the eating corridor known as cauki. The passage at the right prompts the sanctum sanctorum. Following the Eastern and Western entryways are shut, this is the main entryway prompting the sanctum sanctorum.

When we remain at the strides and turn towards the South a little altar can be seen. It is the place of worship of the Sri Madhvacharya. The wonderful little icon holding a stick in one hand is enriched with a join fabric and the mudras of learning and boldness in hands. Sri Vadiraja had introduced this statue. By introducing the icon of Madhvacharya at the northern passage Sri Vadiraja began the custom of loving Madhvacharya likewise in the same holy place.

In spite of the fact that the compositional example of the temple stayed uncharged for a considerable length of time its external appearance was changed by remodels at various times.

There was a way of circumambulation inside the sanctum sanctorum. Be that as it may, following there is the symbol of Sri Madhvacharya it is shut at this point. Set up of wooden spokes there skewered a stonewall around the sanctum sanctorum. Appended to the divider are the spokes of metal for oil lights.

About The Deity

An itemized record of the scene of the establishment of Sri Krishna's picture at Udupi is accessible in a discourse composed by Sri Raghuvarya Theertha of seventeenth century, a pontiff of Palimar Math. The scene is as per the following. Devaki, the mother of Lord Krishna, had not seen the enchanting accomplishments and skips of his youth at Gokula. In this manner, she once importuned Krishna in his adulthood at Dwaraka to demonstrate her one of those skips of his youth.

Because of his mom's wish, Lord Krishna by and by accepted the type of his youth, moved up the laps of Devaki as she was agitating curds, sucked her breast-milk, broke pots of curds, gulped chunks of margarine, and remained strong with the beating bar in one hand and the stirring rope in another, in the wake of grabbing them far from his mom's hands. Devaki's bliss knew no limits, as she saw this game of the Lord. Rukmini, who additionally located this youth stance of the Lord asked for him to get a picture of it cut out in Shalagrama Shila for her day by day worship. At the point when Krishna withdrew from earth at the end of Dwapara Yuga, this uncommon picture was saved by Arjuna at a blessed spot called Rukmini Vana in Dwaraka.

Throughout the Kali Yuga, a vendor conveyed this picture as stock from Dwaraka, mixing up it for a block of Gopichandan in which the picture lay covered up. The boat was destroyed close to the ocean shore of Vadabhandeshwar (close Malpe port). Madhvacharya came to know the destruction of the boat by instinct, got the picture uncovered from underneath the boat, kept it inundated for a couple of days in the sacred tank of his Math, and introduced it for worship on a promising Makara Sankranthi day, about 700 years back. Henceforth forward, Lord Krishna turned into the managing divinity of Udupi.

He is the wellspring of bliss and salvation of every great people. Madhava introduced this picture of Krishna with the admitted reason for uprooting all snags and alleviating the torments, which assail His enthusiasts on their approach to salvation.

Among the few devotees of Sri Madhva, eight ministers were mutually and severally made in charge of directing the day by day worship of Lord Krishna at Udupi, other than the typical obligations of friar hood. These eight direct teaches of Madhva set up isolated lines of their own by appointment, and these eight lines of monkish life came to be known as the Eight Maths or Ashta Math of Udupi.

In the first place, the Swamijis of the Eight Maths used to be accountable for Lord Krishna's worship, by turns, for two months each. The arrangement of worship in its present structure is accepted to have been built up in the sixteenth century by Sri Vadiraja Swami, a praised pontiff of one of the Eight Maths called Sode Math. By present practice, the Swamijis of Eight Maths conduct adore, by turns, for a long time each. This residency of worship by turn is known as paryaya. The Swamiji, who is responsible for the worship, is known as the Paryaya Swamiji, and his Math called the Paryaya Math. The function of giving over the charge of worship by one Math to another is known as the Paryaya Festival. This celebration, held once in two years, in the month of January, pulls in a large number of travelers, from different corners.

Legend And Stories

Mainstream thinking is that King RamaBhoja, a passionate devotee of Parashurama introduced the statue of Anantheshwara. Chandreshwara temple was inherent the spot where Chandra (the moon) performed a compensation, to dispose of the scourge of Daksha Prajapathi. The spot where Chandra pondered got the chance to be called as Udupi. (Udu = a star and dad = devotee) The typical practice in Udupi is to visit Chandreswara, Anantheshwara temples and after that visit Sri Krishna temple. There is numerous intriguing stories behind the establishment of statue of Sri Krishna at Udupi.

One of the prevalent story goes like this. The fundamental statue of Sri Krishna at Dwaraka got totally secured by gopichandanam (blessed sandlewood).  A mariner from Dwaraka stacked this overwhelming protuberance in his pontoon as counterbalance, in one of his treks along the west drift. The boat was gotten in a repulsive tempest while cruising in the western bank of Malpe. At the point when the reflecting Sri Madhvacharya detected this by his "aparoksha" or divine jnana (learning), he got the boat securely to the shore by waving the end of his saffron robe and quietening the tempest. The satisfied commander of the boat offered Sri Madhvacharya anything in the boat consequently. Sri Madhvacharya requested the sandalwood piece containing the statue of Sri Krishna. Later as the story goes, Sri Madhvacharya took it to the lake, cleansed it and introduced it in the matt.

By regarded Mathadeesha, Sri Raghuvarya thirtha the story behind the establishment of statue of Sri Krishna goes on like this. In light of the tempest, the boat collided with a stone and sank, the statue additionally sank alongside the other payload. Following a couple of days when Sri Madhvacharya came to Udupi for spreading his reasoning among the masses, out of the blue he woke from his reflection one day and made a trip to Malpe with his supporters.

As though he had found another light, he took out the statue from the sea, took it to Udupi and place it into the lake close to the matt. Later, on Sankranthi, he expelled it from the lake, introduced it in the principle sanctum of the matt and masterminded the every day worship of the statue. The lake where the statue was showered came to be known as the well known Madhva sarovar and the sanctum where the statue was introduced got to be renowned as the Krishna temple. There are sources telling Sri Madhvacharya introduced the statue in the later piece of thirteenth century.

By regarded mathadeesha, Sri Raghuvarya thirtha the story behind the establishment of statue of Sri Krishna goes on like this. On account of the tempest, the boat collided with a stone and sank, the statue additionally sank alongside the other payload. Following a couple of days when Sri Madhvacharya came to Udupi for spreading his logic among the masses, out of the blue he woke from his reflection one day and flew out to Malpe with his pupils. As though he had found another light, he took out the statue from the sea, took it to Udupi and place it into the lake close to the matt. Later, on Sankranthi, he expelled it from the lake, introduced it in the principle sanctum of the matt and orchestrated the day by day worship of the statue. The lake where the statue was washed came to be known as the celebrated Madhva sarovar and the sanctum where the statue was introduced got to be well known as the Krishna temple. There are sources telling Sri Madhvacharya introduced the statue in the later piece of thirteenth century.

In the sixteenth century, amid Sri Vaadiraja 's standard, Kanakadasa, a passionate devotee of God, came to Udupi to worship Lord Krishna. He was not permitted inside the temple since he was from a lower standing. Sri Krishna, satisfied by the love of Kanakadasa made a little gap in the back mass of the temple and swung to confront the gap so that Kanakadasa could see him. This opening came to be known as KanakanaKindi.Seeing the delightful MudduKrishna is accessible to everyone through the Kanakanakindi.

There are three temples in Udupi; Chandreshwara, Anantheshwara and Sri Krishna temple. Chandreshwara and Anatheshwara are the oldest temples of Udupi.

The Krishna temple tank is known as Chandra Pushkarini or Madhwa Sarovar. There is another holy place for Lord Ananteshwara. At the point when Sage Parasurama recovered the area from ocean, he delegated his enthusiast Ramabhoja as the ruler of this area. He performed Ashwamedha Yaga on this heavenly soil. While furrowing the area preceding the yaga, he murdered a snake unintentionally. To make up for himself from Sarpa dosha (sin of slaughtering a snake), he made a silver peetam (Rajatha Peetam) with pictures of snake cut on it. Thus the spot obtained the name Sivalli or Siva-belli. The lord introduced a Linga Ananteshwara. Ruler Parasurama is adored in Linga.


The Krishna Matha was established by the Vaishnavite holy person Shri Madhwacharya in the thirteenth century. He was the author of the Dvaita school of Vedanta. It is trusted that Madhwacharya found the symbol of SriKrishna in an expansive chunk of gopichandana.

As told by Sri Madhwacharya in his Tantrasara Sangraha the Idol is set Pashchimabhimukha. The various icons in other Ashta mutts are confronting Western side too. Once Kanakadasa, a devout admirer and aficionado of Lord Krishna, was staying in a temporary isolation before Krishna mutt. There was a tremor in the night and the external temple divider broke such a path, to the point that there was a sufficiently wide opening for Kanakadasa to have darshana of the symbol. Till today, devotees still worship Lord Krishna by supplicating through the same window where kanakadasa was seeing the offerings/Pooja from outside. It is known as Kanakanakhindi, and is designed by a curve named after him. A statue has additionally been raised. A comparable window covers the prompt front of the Idol and is called Navagraha kindi. It is regularly mixed up to be Kanakana kindi.

Udupi Facts

Some of the cultural traditions of Udupi include Bhuta Kola, Aati kalenja, Karangolu and Nagaradhane. Folk arts like Yakshagana are also popular. Rathabeedhi Geleyaru, a local non-profit organisation, was founded to encourage creative pursuits, especially those that keep alive the traditions of the region. Tulu is the most widely spoken languages in Udupi. Other significant languages include Kannada, Konkani, Nawayath, Kundagannada and Beary bashe spoken by Bearys. Udupi was carved out as a independent district from the Dakshina Kannada district on 25 August 1997. Udupi, Kundapura and Karkala were bifurcated from the Dakshina Kannada District and the Udupi District was formed.

2009 December addition to the Temple

Udupi Krishna Temple had a Navarathna Ratha for Lord Krishna. This magnificent chariot is designed traditionally with more than 1 lakh gem stones. It is intricately carved with gold and moulded. The cost of making this ratha was 7 crores. They used all the 9 varieties of gemstones however, white and red stones are in a majority. Though many temples have silver and golden chariots, this is the first temple to have a Navarathna Ratha.



The unique festival is celebrated in the Udupi Krishna Temple in a grand manner for a period of seven days. The festival begins five days before the Makara Sankranama or Makara Sankranthi in January. During the first five days of the festival, the idols of Lord Krishna and Lord Mukhyaprana are placed on the Garuda ratha and idols of Lord Anantheshwara and Chandreshwara are placed on the Mahapuja ratha. Then the two Rathas are taken around the town.


On the day of Makara Sankranthi, the sixth day, the Utsava Murthis of Lord Krishna and Lord Mukhyaprana are placed in a golden palanquin and taken to the Madhava Sarovar where they are placed in a decorated float and taken around the Sarovar. This Utsava is called the Teppotsava. The day of Makara Sankranthi is believed to be the day that Sri Madhava Acharya installed the idol of Lord Krishna in the sanctum.

From the floats, the idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Mukhyaprana, Lord Anantheshwara and Lord Chandreshwara are taken to the three chariots. The idol of Lord Krishna is placed on the main beautifully decorated Brahma Ratha, the idol of Lord Mukhyaprana is placed in the Garuda Ratha and the idols of Chandreshwara and Anantheshwara are placed in the Mahapuja Ratha. Thousands of devotees pull the three chariots chanting the names of the Lord. After the Rathas reach the Temple, the idols are taken to the Vasantha Mahal where God is placed in a cradle and Pooja is performed for him. After the Poojas, the idols are taken to the sanctum where the Flute Seva and Ekantha Seva takes place signaling the end of the day.


On the last or the seventh day, after the Mahapuja, the Utsava Murthis of Lord Krishna and Lord Mukhyaprayana are brought in a gold palanquin to the main chariot named Brahma Ratha. The Mangala Aarti is performed for the Lords and then offerings of sweets and fruits are made. It is to be observed that during this ritual; a Garuda can always be seen revolving around the chariot from above. Then the chariots are taken around the Ratha street and then to the Madhava Sarovar. The Lord is given a bath followed by all the priests and people taking a dip in the Sarovar. The unique feature is that flowers smeared with a gold paste are offered to the Lord and then dispersed into the crowd. Hence, the name of the occasion was named as Churnotsava.

Shri Krishna Jayanti

The auspicious day occurs in August - September. The devotees and the priests observe a complete fast for the entire day. Special Poojas and Sevas are performed for the deity. On the next day morning, a large number of guests are fed with special offerings like milk sweets. A clay image of Sri Krishna is taken around the town in a Ratha and the Handi ceremony is celebrated with great energy. Handi is the process of breaking clay pots that are hung between buildings and poles. A parade can be seen in which people dress as animals, masked figures and entertain the crowd. The idol is then submerged in the Madhava Sarovar signaling the end of the celebrations.

Mesha Sankranti

The Hindu New Year usually falls in the month of April and is celebrated with grand festivities in Udupi. The festival popularly known as Vishu (Kerala), Puthandu (Tamil), Baisakhi (Punjab), and Bihu (Assam) is celebrated by taking out a Ratha Yatra of Lor Krishna and then doing a Pooja in a cradle.


The day marks the beginning of the spring season and usually celebrated in March – April. The special Pooja and Prasadam are done for two months during the period. A Ratha Yatra for the God takes place every night starting from the day of Akshaya Tritiya and ending on the Vaisakha Poornima in May.

Sri Madhava Navami

The festival is celebrated in a grand manner during the month of February. It is believed that this is the day on which Saint Madhavacharya disappeared from mortal sight. Special Poojas are performed for the Saint at the Anathasana Temple, where it is believed that he is still present as a holy spirit. The mass feeding of Brahmins, as well as recitation of the Madhwavijaya (biography of Madhavacharya), takes place.

Holi Kamadahana

The auspicious and festive day of Holi is celebrated in March. On this day, a procession of Lord Krishna starts from the Temple till Kadiyali and back. An effigy of Lord Kamadeva (God of Love) is burnt in accordance of the mythological tale where he sacrifices himself so that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati fall in love after the death of Goddess Sati, the first wife of Lord Shiva. Devotees smear themselves with colored water and paste and revel in the festival. It is believed that Holi was Lord Krishna’s favorite festival and is celebrated throughout the country, especially in Mathura and Dwarka.

Besides the above festivals, Ram Navami, Narasimha Jayanti, Bhagirathi Jayanti, Chaturmasa, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navaratri, Deepavali, Subramanya Shashti, and Gurusamaradhana are celebrated with great spiritual significance and fervor.

The Tulasi Vrindavana Festival

In the month of Karthik (November – December), a sacred Tulasi plant and a lamp post situated at the North of the Temple is decorated and worshiped by singing holy songs and recitals for a period of twelve days.

Aarti / poojas / sevas

Nirmalya Visarjana

The Pooja is performed at 5:30 AM every morning. The decorations, ornaments, apparels and flowers offered to the God on the previous day are removed and the idol is bathed. Offerings like Tulasi, Bengal gram, Curd, Puffed Rice, jaggery, Ginger and coconut, Betel leaves and Ghee are made as Naivedyam.

Ushakala Pooja

The Abhishekam of the deity is performed at 6 AM with the holy water that is stored in silver vessels. Eight Aartis are conducted and offerings of Sandal paste, Tulasi, Rice, Milk, Curd, coconut, Banana, and Betel Leaves are offered.

Akshaya Patra and Go Pooja

The Seva is performed at 6:15 AM. The vessels believed to be donated by Saint Madhavacharya are still offered Pooja during the morning. A cow selected from the Cowshed is worshiped and an Aarti is raised to her. Rice and Jaggery are distributed to the cows.

Panchamrita Pooja

The Pooja starts at 6:30 AM. Both the idols of Lord Krishna and Lord Mukhyaprana are worshiped with the Panchamrit. After removing the sandal paste and flowers, in the Surya Saale of the Temple, the idol is first showered with Gold coins.Then Lord Krishna is bathed with Ghee, Milk, Honey, Curd and Sugar. 32 tender coconuts are broken and are offered to the deity along with the Bananas.

Udvartana Pooja

The Pooja is performed at 7 AM. The idol is bathed in perfumed water and cleaned by removing the greasy matter with green gram flour. Offerings of tender coconuts, milk and butter are made and an Aarti is raised.

Kalasha Pooja

The ritual occurs at 7:30 AM. Gold Kalasas are kept in front of the idol and Poojas are performed to them. Cooked rice is offered to the God which is then offered to Garuda. After the offering, the cooked rice is dispersed into the Madhava Sarovar as feed for the Fishes.

Theertha Pooja

The Pooja takes place at 7:40 AM. The holy water from the gold vessel is used for the main Abhishek. The idol is then dried with a clean piece of cloth and decorated with Tulasi garlands, flowers, and Sandal paste. The holy water from this Abhishek is available as Theertham for the devotees and hence this puja is known as The Theertha Pooja.

Alankara Pooja

The Pooja takes place at 8:30 AM. The idol is decorated with Gold ornaments and Silk clothing. Tulasi garlands are offered to the God. Rice, Sweets, Milk, Curds, Coconuts, Bananas and Betel leaves are offered to the God amidst the singing of hymns and songs by the Matha musicians.

Avasara Pooja

An Aarti is raised to the God after offering Rice and Coconuts. This Pooja happens at 10:30 AM.

Maha Pooja

This Pooja is the most important Pooja of the day and is performed by the head of the Matha himself at 11 AM. Rice, Tulasi, and Sandal paste are offered to God amidst the chantings of Vishnu Ssahasranama, Krishna Stotra, and Brahma Stotra. The Naivedya articles such as pots of cooked rice, sweets, and eatables, payasam, panchakajjaya,  coconuts, plantains, betel leaves etc. are placed before the God. The priest comes out of the Sanctum and closes the door. It is believed that Madhavacharya himself makes the offerings to the God. After some time, the priests return and perform Aartis. Two country Guns are fired, signaling the occurrence of the Pooja after which the people of the Town can begin eating their meal.

Sri Mukhyaprana Pooja

The Naivedyams offered to Sri Krishna during the Maha puja are offered again to Sri Mukhyaprana. The Priest then performs the Aarti.

Sri Madhavacharya Pooja

The same Naivedyam is then offered to Sri Madhwacharya.

Simhasana Pooja

The Simhasana is offered the Naivedyam.

Pradakshina Namaskara

The priest goes around the idol four times and then proceeds to the Madhav Sarovar where Goddess Bhagirathi is worshiped. The offerings are dispersed in the Sarovar. He then proceeds to the Vrindavana and then to the Cowshed where the Cows are fed. He returns to the Simhasana where he distributes the Theertham to other priests and devotees. Then he proceeds to the dining hall where a sumptuous meal is served.

Chamara Seva

This Pooja takes place at 7 PM. Pooja is offered to sacred books and the Vigraha. Kirtans and bhajans are sung by the Udupi Krishna Temple musicians. Two huge baskets of puffed rice and Jaggery are offered to the God and an Aarti is raised.

Ratri Pooja

The usual Naivedyam consisting of pots of cooked rice, ghee, jaggery, tender coconut and milk is offered. Aarti is raised on this occasion as the music and chanting of hymns continues. This Pooja occurs at 7:30 PM.

Ranga Pooja

This service to God happens at 7:40 PM. Four pots of Panchakajjaya are spread on Banana leaves in a line in front of Sri Mukyaprana. Rows of lamps are lighted on either side and an Aarti is raised. The Utsava Murthi is taken around the Matha and offerings are made. The recitations of songs and kirtans are carried out.

Ekantha Seva

This Pooja happens at 8:50 PM. The Utsava murti is laid down on a golden cradle. Aarti is raised and lullabies are sung. The blowing of a Conch indicates the end of rituals for the day. Besides these daily rituals, as a devotee, a number of Sevas can be offered to the God. Some of them are Akhanda Saptotsava, Laksha Deepotsava, Maha Puja Rathotsava, Sarva Seva, Annadanam, Ksheera Abhishek, Nanda Deepa, Godaana, Sahasranamarchana, Ashtotta Archana, Karpoora Mangal Aarti and Vaayustuti Parayana.

Panchami Jagarana Pooja

This special pooja takes place every morning for one month from Ashwija Shuddha Ekadashi till Kartika Shuddha Dwadhashi.

Laksha Deepotsava

From the first day in the month of Kartika, till the Dwadhashi, a special pooja is offered to the Tulasi plant after the night pooja.

Paryaya Mahotsava

The Paryaya festival is the biggest of all the festivals in Udupi. This festival occurs on the 17th or 18th of January in alternative years, and it attracts huge crowd from all corners of India.

Prior to Sri Vadiraja Teertha Swami it was customary for each swamis to be in charge of the Sri Krishna Mutt and its poojas for a period of two months only. But Sri Vadiraja changed this into a period of two years each. This handing over and taking over ceremony of the charge of Sri Krishna Mutt is known as Paryaya. The entire responsibility of carrying on the customary poojas and festivals of Sri Krishna Mutt during these two years rests with the Paryaya Swami.


The holy town of Udupi is bustling with small hotels and lodges that offer the devotees a decent option to stay overnight. The Bhojana Saale in the northern part of the Udupi Krishna Temple is where the devotees are fed. One can eat the Prasadam served at the Temple kitchen. Several restaurants serve delicious Udupi cuisine (mainly Idlis, Dosas, Vada, Sambhar) along with North Indian cuisine as well. Non-vegetarian food, especially seafood is also served in restaurants.

Dress code

Male devotees are not allowed to wear shirts and vests inside the Udupi Krishna Temple complex. Short pants and Bermudas are not allowed. Female devotees are requested to dress decently.


The day by day poojas of the Krishna Matha are overseen by the Astha Mathas (eight temples). Each of the Astha Mathas performs the temple administration exercises for a long time in a cyclic request. These mathas are as one called as the Krishna Matha. These eight mathas are Pejavara, Puttige, Palimaru, Adamaru, Sodhe, Kanivooru, Shirur, and Krishnapura.

Devotees perform services in an extensive scale every day. The offerings begin at 5 o'clock in the morning and proceed for the duration of the day with no intrusions.

All celebrations are commended in Krishna Matha with loftiness. The temple is loaded with devotees consistently, thronging to see Lord Krishna. Celebrations 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 commended fabulously by the matha consistently.

The Paryaya celebration is held like clockwork amid which time the temple administration is given over to the following Matha. Each of the Mathas is going by a swami, who will be responsible for the temple amid his Paryaya.

The holy trip to Udupi Krishna Temple is considered complete by visiting the Anatheshwara Temple and the Chandramouleeshwara temple before visiting the Udupi Krishna Temple.

Nearby places to visit

Chandramouleeshwara Temple

The Temple is located just opposite to the Udupi Sri Krishna Temple. It is believed that this is the place where Chandra did his penance and Lord Shiva relieved him of the curse of Daksha which stated that Chandra will keep decreasing in size and eventually disappear. Lord Shiva gave a boon that he will decrease in size for 15 days and then increase for 15 days in a month. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the Linga changes color from black in the morning, blue at noon and white at night. It is believed that one must visit the Chandramouleeshwara Temple and the Anantheshwara Temple before visiting the Krishna Temple.

Anatheshwara Temple

The Temple legend says that Sage Parashurama retrieved the land from the sea and made his devotee Ramabhoja as the King. During the plowing of the land to perform the Ashwamedha Yagna, he accidently killed a snake. To relieve the sin, he made a silver peetham known as Rajatha Peetham in Kannada with images of a snake carved on it.

Shri Janardhana Mahakali Temple

The Temple is located in Ambalpay area in Udupi, about 3 km away from the Sri Krishna Temple. The presiding deity of the beautiful temple is Goddess Mahakali. It is believed that she came down to Earth as a guardian for the town and eventually was followed by Janardhana Swamy.

Batte Vinayaka Temple

The Temple is one of the oldest Temples in the district, constructed by the Barkur kingdom. The unique feature of the Temple is that the idol of Lord Ganapathi is facing the North but leaning towards West.

Sri Mahishamardhini Temple

The Temple is located at Kadiyali. The Temple’s history dates back to around 1200 years.  The idol of Mahishamardhini is in a standing posture with four arms. She holds the Prayaga chakra on one hand and the Shanka on the other. She is shown piercing the head of the demon Mahishasura.



Udupi lies at a separation of 59 km from the Mangalore International Airport. From the air terminal, prepaid taxis are accessible. Additionally, visit transports employ from Mangalore to Udupi.


Udupi is a noteworthy station on the Konkan railroad course. Udupi is arranged on the National Highway NH17 associating Cochin with Mumbai. An adventure in the auto can likewise be entirely pleasant. A visit to the Udupi to see Krishna Matha and visit the shorelines can be a mitigating knowledge for any voyager.


Udupi 60 Kms north of Mangalore.There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Udupi.

Temple Address

Sri Krishna Math, Car Street,
Udupi, Karnataka, India,
Pincode – 576101.


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Seeking child boon
  • Removal of hindrance from marriage talks

Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey

Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.

Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum

Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.

Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram

Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami

Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.


The Temple is open from 04:00 am to 09:00 pm.

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