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.
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.