Udupi Sri Krishna Matha (:ಉಡುಪಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಮಠ) is a famous temple dedicated to god and Matha located in the city of in , .
The matha area resembles a living , a holy place for daily devotion and living. Surrounding the Sri Krishna Matha are several temples namely the which is over a 1,000 years old.
HistoryChariot in front of Sri Krishna Temple
The Krishna Matha was founded by the saint Jagadguru in the 13th century. He was the founder of the school of Vedanta. It is believed that Madhwacharya found the of Sri Krishna in a large ball of gopichandana. As told by Sri Madhwacharya, in his Tantrasara Sangraha, the murti is placed Pashchimabhimukha(facing West). All the other murtis in other Ashta mutts face west as well. Devotees always have darshan of through the inner window, known as Navagraha kindi & the outer window known as , which is decorated by an arch named after him. A statue has also been erected. A similar window covers the immediate front of the murti and is called Navagraha kindi. It is often mistaken to be Kanakana kindi.
The temple opens by 5.30 in the morning. The unique feature of the temple is that the deity is worshipped through the silver-plated window with nine holes (Navagraha kindi). The temple also offers (lunch) in the noon.
Direct students of Madhwacharya
Direct students of Madhwacharya were many. His first disciple was Shri Sathya Theertha. All other mathas except the Ashta mathas were established by Sri Padmanabha Thirtha. His disciples do not have the right to perform pooja to Lord Udupi Shri Krishna as it is headed and governed by the Ashta mathas.
- Sri Vamana Thirtha,
- Sri Rama Thirtha, Kaniyoor Matha
- Sri Adokshaja Thirtha,
- Sri Hrishikesha Thirtha, Palimaru Matha
- Sri Narahari Thirtha, Adamaru Matha
- Sri Janardhana Thirtha,
- Sri Upendra Thirtha,
- Sri Vishnu Thirtha, Sode Vadiraja Matha
The daily (offerings to god) and administration of the Krishna Mutt are managed by the (eight monasteries). Each of the Ashta Mathas performs temple management activities for two years in a cyclical order. They are collectively known as the Ashta Mathagalu in .
The Krishna Matha is known throughout the world for its religious customs, traditions, and learning in or Tatvavaada philosophy. It is also the centre of Daasa Sahitya, a form of literature that originated in Udupi.
These eight Mathas are , , , , , , and .
The expenses of Udupi Krishna Matha are borne by the voluntary contribution of devotees and by Ashta matha's which manage the Krishna mutt. The contribution may be in cash or kind. The Krishna matha which owned large tracts of land lost all land due to the implementation of Land reforms act 1975 by the Government of Karnataka.
The Pauli of Krishna Matha was renovated and Brahmakalashotsava ceremony was held on the 18 May 2017.
Swamijis of the Ashta Mathas
The swamijis of the and their successors are given as below:Current Swamiji Successor or Junior Sri Swamiji Sri Vishvaprasanna Teertha Swamiji Sri Vidhyadeesha Teertha Swamiji Sri Vishvapriya Teertha Swamiji Sri Eeshapriya Teertha Swamiji Sri Sugunendra Teertha Swamiji Sri Vishvavallabha Teertha Swamiji Sri Vidyavallabha Teertha Swamiji Sri Swamiji Sri Vidyasagara Teertha Swamiji
During the festival, held every two years, the temple management is handed over to the next Matha. Each of the Mathas is headed by a , who will be in charge of the temple during his Paryaya. The Paryaya is held on even years like 2008, 2010 and 2012. Festivals like , , Madhva Navami, , Sri Krishna , Navarathi Mahotsava, Madhva Jayanti (), Naraka Chathurdashi, , Geetha Jayanthi etc. are celebrated very grandly by Paryaya Mutt every year.
Temple painted in yellow-red
Brahma ratha of Udupi Krishna
Goshala at Udupi Sri Krishna Temple
The Chariot at Udupi Sri Krishna Temple
Golden Chariot of Udupi Sri Krishna Temple
Base of Navarathna Chariot
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