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Udupi is a pilgrimage place due to the presence of Sri Krishna Matha This is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to God Krishna located in the town of Udupi in Karnataka, India.

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.

The Math was founded by Shri Madhwacharya a Vaishnavite Saint in 13th century. He was the founder of the Dvaita school of Vedanta. It is believed that Madhwacharya found the idol of SriKrishna in a large ball of Gopichandana.
Kanakadasa was a pious worshiper and devotee of Lord Krishna he was being not allowed to worship inside the temple. Instead he made him pray with intense devotion resulting in pleasing Lord Krishna resulting into turning the statue back to where Kanakadasa was praying, and the wall before Kanakadasa broke up to allow the disciple to gaze upon His heavenly form at the back of the mutt or Monastery.
Since it was the mutt & Sri Madhwacharya told in his Tantrasara Sangraha that Idol can be placed Pashimabhimukha, all the idols in other Ashta mutts, are facing the western side. Even today, devotees still worship Lord Krishna by praying through the same window where kanakadasa was seeing the offerings/Pooja from outside.It is known as Kanakanakhindi.

How To Reach

By Flight: Major airport nearby is Mangalore Bajpe airport, which is nearly 54 km away. Mangalore airport is connected to many cities India. Regular flights are available from Mangalore to Bangalore.

By Rail: Udupi railway station lies on the Konkan Railway line connecting Mangalore to Mumbai. It is well connected with all major cities in Konkan line, and also with other cities in India via Mangalore rail terminal.

By Road: Udupi is well connected with other neighboring cities by Karnataka Road Transport Corporation buses. Regular bus services are available from Mangalore to Udupi. Tourist bus service providers ply luxury buses between Mumbai, Bangalore and Mangalore to Udupi.

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