Krishna Matha

Udupi Shri Krishna Matha or Krishna Matha is synonymous with the name of Udupi. The Matha is famous for the Krishna temple, a major pilgrimage destination in the region. The 13th century Matha was founded by Swami Madhvachraya after he received two idols of Lord Krishna and Balaram from sailors of the ship he helped and saved from the storm. He ceremoniously installed the Balaram idol in Malpe and the Krishna Idol in present day Udupi. The peculiar thing about the idol is that it faces west unlike most Hindu deities and has its back to the entrance of the temple. The temple is widely visited by pilgrims each year known for its ten carving of Vishnu incarnations, a golden Krishna Chariot and Dvaita philosophy of Madhvachraya. Astha Matha is a group the eight Mathas that were built for eight disciples of Madhvachraya, surrounding the Krishna Matha. These Mathas handle the Krishna Matha administration for two years each. The daily offering (Seva) to the god is managed by the Matha in charge at that time. The responsibility is then passed on to the next Matha at The Paryaya Festival held every two year.


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