Udupi, a noteworthy
coastal town of Karnataka occupies a key role in south Indian Pilgrimage
tour. Udupi is precisely located at 381 kms far from Bangalore.
This spot is strongly filled with the temple and mutts of rich historical
and cultural significance. Being the birthplace of Saint Madhava,
the place has a set of eight Sanyasi mutts in the town. Shivali-
Shiva belli is the other name of Udupi, one of Karnataka's most
important south Indian pilgrimage sites.
Besides the world famous Krishna Temple and a cluster of mutts
Udupi is also the abode of renowned Sanskrit philosopher and scholar
Madhavacharya. This important Vaishnavite coastal town of Karnataka,
Udupi, is rich with the site of the famed Krishna temple and the
Ashta Mathas. Located just 50 kms from Mangalore, the name, Udupi,
is derived from merging of two Sanskrit words Udu (stars) and Pa
Famous Pilgrimage Spot of Udupi
Krishna Mutt: Founded by the Vaishnavite saint
Sri Madhvacharya in the 13th century, Udupi is famous for the
Krishna Mutt (Temple of Lord Krishna). Paryaya festival celebrated
after every two years at Krishna Mutt is the prime reason of pilgrimage
attraction. The 'Kanakana Kindi' is the unique features of the
temple. 'Kanakana Kindi’, rich with its mythological significance,
as Lord Krishna is supposed to give Darshan to his ardent
devotee Kanakadasa from this Kindi or Window.
This temple of Krishna is festooned with the fascinating idol
of Lord Krishna, richly adorned with jewel. The image of Krishna
in this Balakrishna temple of Udupi is a divine architect made
by Viswakarma. The vibrant Paryaya festival at Udupi summons thousands
of devotees from all over Karnataka after every alternate year.
The daily offerings to God and management of the Mutt are arranged
by the Ashta Mathas (8 temples). The largest number of gathering
of pilgrims has been witnessed in the auspicious occasion of Paryaya
and this makes the spot an ultimate place to tour.