A brief history of Udupi Sri Krishna Matha

Udupi Sri Krishna Math is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, and is located in the picturesque state of Udupi. The temple was founded in the 13th century by the Vaishnavaite saint Shri Madhwacharya- the founder of the dwaita school of Vedanta. It is believed that Shri Madhwacharya found the murthi of Sri Krishna in a ball of Gopichandana. The Matha has an ashram like atmosphere, where prayers and religious activities are preformed throughout the day.

The story of Kanakanakindi

Legend has it that once Kanakadasa, a devout follower of Sri Krishna was not allowed to visit the temple on account of him being an untouchable. However, impressed by his devoutness, the lord’s idol turned from east to west and a crack developed on the wall which was enough to give Kanakadasa his darshana. Even today, the statue stands in this altered position and devotees get to worship the lord through this crevice which is now known as Kanakana Kindi.

Daily administration

The daily temple administration and activities are managed by the Ashta Mathas, where each of the eight mathas take over responsibilities in a cycle of two years each. The Matha is the center of Dwaita philosophy and the epicentre of the Dasa sahitya- which gave rise to simple and easy to understand literature that centred on Lord Krishna and his teachings.

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History of Kukke Subramanya temple

Kukke Subramanya temples is located in the town of Subhramanya in Sulliya Taluk. It is a small, but a highly popular sacred shrines that is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. One of the first mentions of the temps is in Skanda Purana. According to a chapter named Shyadtikhanda, Subhramaya Kshetra is located on the banks of Rive Dhara.

Skanda Purana also details the origins of Kukke Subramanya Temple. The Snake King Vasuki was hiding in the Biladvara cave, which is located near the temple to escape from Garuda,w ho was hunting snakes to satisfy his hunger. Despite Vasuki’s best efforts, Garuda found him and began taunting him. This is when Sage Kashyapa Muni intervened and instructed Garuda to fly to Ramanaka islands (known as Figi islands today) to hunt for snakes. He also suggested Vasuki to pray to Lord Shiva for protection. Shiva appeared to Vasuki and informed him that in the next Kalpa, his son Karthikeya will reside there and will bless them and protect them.

The scriptures of Shankara Vijaya mentions in detail that Sri Adi Shankaracharya visited a place called Bhaje Kukke Lingam, which is the same as today’s Subhramanya Kshetra.

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Dharmasthala- an oasis of religious tolerance

Located on the banks of river Nethravathi, Dhramasthala is an 800 year old temple village which houses the famous Sri Manjunatheshwara Temple. This is one of the most important pilgrim destinations for Hindus, especially the Shaivaite sect. However, Dhramasthala is not just limited to one particular faction of people, but it welcomes people from all caste, creed and faith with open arms.

The fact that the high priests of the temple belong to the Shivalli Brahmins- a staunch Vaishnavaite sect- stands testament to the high degree of tolerance of the region. Also, the Jain Theerthankara is worshipped on the same grounds as Lord Manjunatha, making it an important Jain religious installation as well. The guardians of the temple- the Heggade family are Jain by faith. This culmination of different faiths has led to a harmonious enrichment of the local heritage.

Another interesting feature of Dharmashala is that the eldest living member of the Heggade family solves local disputes of the village, be it criminal or civil, everyday. The village has continued to bestow the title of Dhramadhikari-The Administrator of Dharma.

Dharmasthala celebrates a number of festivals in full pomp and vigour. This includes Ganesh Chaturti, Navarathri, Deepavali, annual carnival etc. These festivals are truly a treat to the mind, body and soul, and hoards of people travel from all over the country to witness these festivals first hand.

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Kolluru Mookambika Temple

Kolluru Mookambika Temple is located in Kolluru of Udupi District in Karnataka. This temple has a rich historical and mythological significance. As one of the holiest shrines in India. Goddess Mookambika is one of the avataras of Saraswati, who is known as the patron goddess of education and fine arts.

Skanda Purana says that the jyothirlinga of Sri Mookambika is the unification of Purusha and Prakruthi. It is said that Lord Krishna along with Rukmini and Satyabhama observed Sambavrutham at Mookambika Temple. The temples sees a huge turn out on a daily basis, where devotes visit the temple in large numbers.

Located on the NH. 17, the temple is easily accessible by roads from almost anywhere in the state. You have direct buses to Kolluru from Bangalore, Chennai, Guruvayoor, Kannur, Shimogga etc. You can also travel in your own vehicles. There is also a direct rain connectivity to the city as well, which is one of the most convenient ways to reach this place.

Apart from the Kolluru Mookambika temple, there are a number of different places around the temple you can visit. The Souparnika River is one such place. Located in the midst of serene nature, this is ideal for a morning dip or an evening stroll.

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Dharmasthala

Dharmasthala is an important temple town located on the banks of River Nethravati in Belthangadi taluk, Dakshin Kannada district in Karnataka. The village is famous for its Dharmashtala temple, which houses the shrines of Manjunatha, Ammanavaru, Chandranath and the Dharma Daivas.

The temple is quite famous in the region and sees tourists and pilgrims flocking from all over the world. The temple sees a minimum of about 10,000 people a day. The speciality of the temple is the fully mechanized kitchens which are capable of cooking food for all the pilgrims who visit the temple. Yes, every devotee is fed a hearty meal in the temple premises every single day, for free!

The temple has a rich heritage and is atleast eight centuries old! Apart from religious significance, the temple is also known for its social services that have taken place for years on end. Dharmasthala witnesses special events such as mass marriages, where people can get married without having to bear extraneous expenses. The anna dana, where people of all cast, creed and ethnicity are fed on a daily basis. The temple also hosts a variety of educational institutes, where students are provided education at a concession.

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Bliss of Sringeri

Located on the banks of Tunga river, Sringeri is one of the most famous temple towns in India, and is located in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. It houses the world famous Sri Sringeri Sarada Peetham, which was established by Adi Shankaracharya. It is one of the Shakti Peethams in India, and it is also one of the four primary temples of Advaita Vedanta philosophy.

Apart from the Sarada Peetham, Sringeri also houses a number of other ancient temples that are frequented by devotees and tourists alike. Apart from being one of the most important religious centers for Hindus, Sringeri is also known for its wonderful natural resources.

The city has a moderate temperature throughout the year making it an ideal place to visit any time of the year. However, if you are a nature lover, it is recommended that you visit the place between June and February for a wonderful experience in the midst of the lush Western Ghats.

Sringeri is a prime pilgrimage locale, and is connected to the rest of the city via a reliable network of roads, rails and air transport. You can always come to a nearby large city such as Shimogga, Mangalore or Udupi and take a bus/ train or hire a taxi.

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