Udupi Temples

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Udupi, the Kokani city is the headquarters of the Udupi District, Karnataka State, India. When one hears the name “Udupi” either “Udupi Krishna” or “Udupi Masala Dosa” comes to the mind. Of course the famous, Krishna temple is located in this city. The temple is famous for a unique statue of Lord Krishna. The idol is heavily decorated with magnificent real jewels and gems. Another famous attraction of the temple is a small window called 'Kanakana Kindi'. It is said that Lord Krishna once gave his darshan to an ardent devotee, who was not allowed inside the temple because of his lower caste. It also lends its name to the Kannada Vegetarian Cuisine which is famous across the world. This cuisine was developed by Shivalli Madhwa Brahmins who cooked food for Lord Krishna, and at Krishna Matha in Udupi, the food is provided free.

Udupi is known for the Krishna Mutt (Temple of Lord Krishna). The Krishna Mutt was founded by the Shri Madhvacharya , a Vaishnavite saint in the 13th century. The Ashta Mathas (set of 8 religious organizations manage the temple administration, and the daily sevas. According to legned, the statue of Sri Krishna in the famous temple here is believed to have turned around to give darshana to the kuruba devotee, Kanakadasa , who was not allowed to enter the temple because Kanakadasa belonged to a different caste. Each of the Ashta Mathas performs temple management activities for two years on rotation.

During the Paryaya festival, held every two years, 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. These eight Mathas are Pejavara, Puttige, Palimaru, Adamaru, Sodhe, Kaniyooru, Shirur and Krishnapura. If one needs to learn the Dvaita or Tatvavaada philosophy, the Krishna Matha is the Gurukul for it. It is also famous for the Daasa Sahitya, a form of literature that originated in Udupi.

Location info:

Address:Udupi, the Kokani city is the headquarters of the Udupi District, Karnataka State, India.
Nearest City:Kokani
Best time to visit: Oct-Jun


The tropical monsoon climate that covers the entire coastal belt of Karnataka, gives the state a moderate summer and pleasant winters. The Southern part of Karnataka experiences hot, seasonally dry tropical savanna climate. The north Karnataka experiences hot, semi-arid, tropical steppe type of climate.

The months of January and February are slightly cold while summers begin from March and continues till May. Post monsoon begins from October and remains till December. The best season to visit Karnataka is definitely the winter (between October to February) where the travelers can enjoy the most of Karnataka.


The name Udupi is derived from the Tulu language, is associated with a temple at Malpe, devoted to Vadabhandeshwara. According to legend, due to a curse by King Daksha, his 27 daughters (the 27 stars, according to Hindu astrology) were married to the moon and the moon lost its shine. The moon prayed to Lord Shiva to get back its original shine. Lord Shiva was pleased with the moon's prayer and restored its shine.

Legend says that the moon and his wives made their prayer at the Chandramouleeshwara temple at Udupi, creating a linga that can be seen even today. According to this story, therefore, Udupi means the land of the "lord of the stars," the moon.

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If one needs to learn the Dvaita or Tatvavaada philosophy, the Krishna Matha is the Gurukul for it. It is also famous for the Daasa Sahitya, a form of literature that originated in Udupi.

Interesting things to Visit:

The main attraction is the Krishna Temple, Pajaka, Ananteshwar Temple, Chandramauleshwara temple. The actual feel of Udupi comes to visiting the famous Manipal, Kaup Beach, Malpe and Brahmavar

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Udupi
Nearest Airport:Mangalore Airport
Road Transport:On NH17, 80kms from Mangalore, 415kms from Bangalore

Nearest Visiting places:

Sri Ananthesvara Temple - In the middle of the temple square, one can find the Anantheswara Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple has very intricate carving in wood and stone, the Altar is the master piece of art.

Chandramauleshvara Temple - In the temple square near the market area is the Chandramouleshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva boasts of towering roof like a pyramid.

Madhava Sarovar - This is the holy tank or Kalyani where devotees take a dip before offering prayers to God.

Pajaka is the birth place of Saint Madhvacharya. This is the ancestral home of the Saint. Some memorabilia of the seer can be found here, like the huge banyan tree and the two stones he lifted and the pond from where he used to fetch water.

Manipal is very famous educational centre and the medical college. There is a small muesium showcasing artifacts collected by Mr. Vijaanath Shenoy.

Kaup Beach, the beautiful beach with a coast line of 12 kms is located in Southern Udupi. There is the 100 feet light house, a must see.

Malpe Beach is a port town, 6kms from Udupi is famous for its scenic beauty. This place attracts many tourists owing to the estuary of the Malpe river and St Marys Island. One can find magnificent rock formation. These rocks made of basalt are naturally formed.

Brahmavar named as the "settlement of Brahmins" is a town about 13 kms from the North of Udupi. This place is famous for the Mahalinga temple, Gopinatha temple , Janardhana shrine in the Agrahara. There is the oldest Holy Family Church which was established in the Aptil 01, 1934, and the Saint Mary's Syrian Church are located in Brahmavara.

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Mangalore is one of the quickly growing cities in Karnataka. Number of visitors also has been increasing steadily. And to meet the requirements, there are many hotels and resorts in the city. You will find both luxury and budget hotels in Mangalore. Most of the luxury hotels also provide good business facilities. The hotels that stand out are Taj Manjarun Hotel, Hotel Moti Mahal, Hotel Poonja International and Hotel Srinivas.

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Over the years Udupi has transformed by various upcoming industries like the small-scale industries fish farming, cashews, banking and education

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Udupi
Nearest Hospital:Nearest Town: Udupi
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Last modified onWednesday, 30 September 2009 06:40
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