Udupi Sri Krishna Matha is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to god Krishna located in the town of Udupi in Karnataka, India. Udupi Anantheshwara Temple which is over a 1,000 years old is near the matha.
Founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhwacharyain the 13th century, the temple is a very good example of simplicity and beauty combined.
Once Kanakadasa, a very religious worshipper of Lord Krishna, was staying in a hermitage in front of Krishna Mutt. There was an earthquake at night and the outer temple wall cracked such a way that Kanakadasa could only see the idol. Even today, worshippers and devotees of Lord Krishna come and visit the opening, which is now a window. The offerings are given only through the window, also called as KanakanaKindi. The sight of the beautiful idol of Lord Krishna is available to everybody through the Kanakanakindi.
The daily offerings to god and administration of the Krishna Mutt are managed by the eight monasteries. They are collectively known as the Ashta Mathagalu in the Kannada language. These eight Mathas are Pejavara, Puttige, Palimaru, Adamaru, Sodhe, Kaniyooru, Shirur and Krishnapura.The Krishna Matha is known throughout the world for its religious customs and traditions.
Festivals like Makara Sankranthi, Ratha Sapthami, Madhva Navami, Hanuman Jayanthi, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Navaratri Mahotsava, Madhva Jajanti (Vijaya Dashami), Naraka Chathurdashi, Deepavali, Geetha Jayanthi etc. are celebrated with pomp and grandeur every year and are a treat to the eyes.
Lord Krishna said, “Fear Not. What is not real never was and never will be. What is real always was and cannot be destroyed”. Really, this sentence comes true in case of this temple as well. The temple, the beautiful idol and the elegance and simplicity of the temple are indeed real and indestructible.