Udupi - The land of breathtaking beauty, located between the verdant mountains of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea is famous for Sri Krishna Temple. It is located at a distance of 65 km from Mangalore and 403 km from Bangalore.
This is one of the popular Krishna temples in Karnataka, where the deity is decked up by jewels by his followers. The unique feature of this Ashram/Matha is that devotees can only view Lord Krishna through a small window which has nine holes. This is popularly known as Navagraha Kitiki.
Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Udupi is from October to March while the peak Season is from November to February. Usually it takes 2 days to visit places in and around Udupi.
How To Reach:
By Air- Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport, which is 62 km from Udupi.
By Train: Udupi Railway Station is well connected by trains to cities like Trivandrum, Bangalore, Mangalore, kochi, Bikaner, Madgoan, Mumbai, Tirunelveli, New Delhi and Goa.
By Road: Buses regularly ply from Udupi to major cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Goa, Shimoga, Mysore, Karwar, Pune and Mumbai.
Mythology says that Famous Hindu saints such as Chaitanya, Purandaradasa
and Kanakadasa visited this temple for the darshan of Lord Krishna. And
according to the Hindu Mythology, Madhwacharya (Vaishnavite saint Jagadguru)
discovered Sri Krishna murti in a very large ball of Gopichandana. The murti is
placed Pashchimabhimukha(facing West) as suggested by Sri Madhwacharya in his
Tantrasara Sangraha. All the other idols are placed in other Ashta mutts facing
west. Visitors and the devotees always have Darshan through the inner windowwhich
is famous as Navagraha kindi however the outer window is what is called
Kanakana kindi. All the pilgrims witness Lord Krishna through the inner window
and the outer window is known as Kanakanakhindi which is decorated by an arch
named after him. An idol has also been erected and a similar window covers the
front of the deity which is called Navagraha kind.