Udupi Sri Krishna Matha is located in the district of Udupi in the state of Karnataka in South India. The primary deity is Lord Krishna. The temple’s architectural styles reflect Dravidian architecture.
According to the historians and local legends, this shrine was built around 13th Century. It is to be noted that in the town of Udupi, it is a famous and most sought after Hindu temple that is largely dedicated to god Krishna.
The matha area is a holy place for living and daily devotion therefore resembles a living ashram. It is to be remembered that it is a most ancient temple that is being made of stone and basic wood of 1,500 years origin.
The Paryaya festival in this shrine is held every two years. During this festivity, the temple’s management is directly handed over to the decided next Matha. In this shrine, many festivals are celebrated in grand manner. They are Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Makara Sankranthi, Geetha Jayanthi, Madhva Navami, Ratha Sapthami, Hanuma Jayanthi, Navarathi Mahotsava, Naraka Chathurdashi, Madhva Jajanti (Vijaya Dashami), Deepavali, etc.
This math was founded by Saint Shri Madhwacharya who is a Vaishnavite. He was also the founder of the Dvaita school of Vedanta. It is believed that in a large ball of gopichanda, Madhwacharya suddenly found the idol of Sri Krishna.
There is an age old story related to this shrine that a devotee and a pious worshiper of Lord Krishna named Kanakadasa was not allowed to enter this temple. He wasn’t upset and prayed from outside the temple with intense devotion. The lord was pleased so the God gave special darshan by moving towards his side and the walls broke open so that he got the lord’s heavenly form.