The holy town of Udupi lies on the Arabian Sea in the South Indian state of Karnataka. The town is famous as a place of pilgrimage because of the temple Sri Krishna Matha. This temple was founded by Srila Madhvaacaarya (A.D. 1238–1317), one of the greatest saints, philosophers, and religious reformers of India. Udupi is said to have attained the status of Vaikuntha, the kingdom of God, because the Supreme Personality of Godhead came and stayed there in response to the desire of His pure devotee Srila Madhvaacaarya.
The unique feature of Shree Krishna Matha temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kindi. The window is exquisitely carved and silver – plated. It has been a tradition in this temple to worship the Lord only through this window.
Read on to know more about the temple, the legends, the pujas and the festivals celebrated.
Even before Madhva's time, Udupi was renowned as a holy place. People throughout South India frequently went there on pilgrimage because it was a center of Vedic scholarship and the site of two ancient temples, Sri Ananteshvara and Sri Candramauleshvara.