Udupi Sri Krishna Matha
:ಉಡುಪಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಮಠ) is a famous Hindu
temple dedicated to god Krishna
located in the town of Udupi
The matha area resembles a living ashram
, a holy place for daily devotion and living. Surrounding the Sri Krishna Matha are several temples, the most ancient being made of basic wood and stone of 1,500 years origin. (See Udupi for more)
The Krishna Matha was founded by the Vaishnavite
saint Shri Madhwacharya
in the 13th century. He was the founder of the Dvaita
school of Vedanta.
Legend has it that once Kanakadasa, a pious worshipper and devotee of Lord Krishna
, was not allowed entry into the temple. It didn't upset him, but instead made him pray with intense devotion. Lord Krishna
was so pleased to allow the disciple to gaze upon his heavenly form through a small window at the back of the mutt (monastery). Till today, devotees still worship Lord Krishna
by praying through the same window that Kanakadasa was blessed with a view.
Direct students of Madhvacharya
Direct students of Madhvacharya were many in number.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.1.Sri Vishnu Thirtha- Sode Matha2.Sri Vamana Thirtha- Shirur Matha3.Sri Rama Thirtha- Kanniyur Matha4.Sri Adokshaja... Read More