Udupi Srikrishna Temple

Udupi Srikrishna Temple is a popular temple, located in the town of Udupi, near Mangalore, in Karnataka State. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna, and is one of the most visited temples in Karnataka. 

Udupi Krishna temple is known popularly as Krishna Mutt or Krishna Matha of Udupi.

This shrine is one of the sacred temples of southern India which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The idol of lord Krishna in this Temple was installed by the age old saint Madhavacharya in 13th century. It is believed that a mariner was cruising with the idol of Lord Krishna, which was fully covered by sandalwood paste, and during the mid of his journey the ship was caught by a high storm. Then saint Madhavacharya appeared there and stopped the storm by his mighty power. As a gratitude, the mariner gifted the sandalwood to the saint, who later installed it here. 

According to the legends, once Kanakadasa, a worshipper who was so pious and devoted to Lord Krishna, was not allowed entry into the temple. Lord Krishna was so pleased with Kanakadasa's devotion and made the statue of himself turn around to allow the disciple to gaze upon his heavenly form through a small window at the back of the mutt. This hole is known as Kanakanakindi by the name of Kanakdas. The devotees still worship Lord Krishna by praying through the same window. 

Festivals of Udupi Srikrishna Temple


  • Paryaya Mahotsava, the biggest festival of this temple, which occurs on the 17th or 18th of January of alternative years.
  • Sri Krishna Janmashtami
  • Saptotsava (seven utsavas)as an annual festival, which commences on Makara sankramana, and lasts for 5 days, which falls in January. 
  • Sri Madhwa Navami festival in February
  • Kamadahana festival during Holi.
  • Sri Rama Navami in April
  • Mesha Sankramana, the New Year's day
  • Vasanthotsava in Spring
  • Narasimha Jayanthi in May
  • Accommodation around the Udupi Srikrishna Temple


  • Karavali Hotel
  • Summar Park Hotel
  • Bhaskar Vihar Hotel
  • Janardhana Hotel
  • Reaching Udupi Srikrishna Temple

    By Air : The nearest airport is Bajpe International Airport,Mangalore which is around 50 km away. 

    By Rail: Konkan Railway pass through Udupi.

    By Road: Government and private operators' buses are running to Udupi from many nearby States.



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