Udupi Temple

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In Udupi is the holy temple of Sri Krishna and this is the birthplace of Sri Madhwacharya, founder of Dwaita Philosophy and one of the three great Acharyas. The temple tank that you see is called Chandra Pushkarini or Madhwa Sarovar. All words in inverted commas are from temple site. To know more visit temple site click here

Entrance to the temple complex. "The unique feature of Shree Krishna Mutt temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kitiki. The window is exquisitely carved and silver - plated. It has been a tradition in this temple to worship the Lord only through this window."

Just above the water body is a walk way where devotees stand in a line for darshan of Sri Krishna. Devotees that u see wearing black clothese are those who have gone to Sabarimala.

In the centre of the Sarovar see a beautiful mantapa. "The ritual of pouring milk on Tulasi ksiiraabdhi takes place here on the twelfth day of the white fortnight of Kartika monthy." Something serene about the complex - an ocean of peace. "The matha area resembles a living ashram, a holy place for daily devotion and living. Surrounding the Sri Krishna Matha are several temples, the most ancient being made of basic wood and stone of 1,500 years origin."

Entrance to the temple with devotees standing in a line. I started my yatra from Udupi. Reached from Mumbai at 6am and headed straight to the temple.

A view of the many rathas opposite the temple entrance. There is a Shiva shrine opp the temple. Also see Lord Ananteshwara mandir.

Wheels of a chariot, children playing. "The beauty of this tank must be witnessed during the teppootsava, the boat festival. With thousand of lamps around the mantapa and their reflection in the water it is a delightful sight providing a fantasy of Lord Varuna waving Aarti to the great god."

Close to the Sri Krishna Mandir is the Sri Madhanantheswara Temple.

Temple top - very different in design. No shikhara or vimana.

"Kanakadasa, an ardent believer of God, 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 KanakanaKindi." Inside the gopuram is the small wall in the back wall of the temple. It is called Kanaka Gopuram, made in 1912.

There is a huge hall close to temple entrance, has shops and also dining hall area. Saw this image of Hanumanji there. There is a Bhagavad Gita Temple close to the entrance built by one of the Birlas. 700 slokhas of the Gita are inscribed on the wall.

On the way to Kundapur ie after Udupi visited Annegudde Shri Vinayaka Temple. Attracts a large number of devotees.