From Anegudde Vinayagar temple Kumbakshi we reached this temple by 5pm .
Udipi Sri Krishna temple is one of the must visit temples to Lord Krishnas devotees.
I had the divine dharshan of Lord Krishna during my Mangalore spiritual tour. Udipi is 60 kms from Mangalore.
In this temple Lord Krishna is seen with a churner in one hand and rope on the other hand.
Udupi Sri Krishna appears to his devotees as Muddu Krishna in child form. The temple has a large collection of gold Jewelry including contributions from the emperors of Vijayanagara rulers, Mysore Maharajah .
The Lord idol is said to be installed by Madwacharya as he got it as a huge lump of clay ( Gopi chandan ) from a sailor from Dwaraka to Mangalore coast . It is said that Idol of Lord Krishna was worshipped by Rukmani in her garden earlier .It is believed the lamp lit by Madvacharya is maintained till now by the temple priests .
Unlike other temples in India, a fascinating aspect of this holy shrine is , devotees can have darshan of Sri Krishna only through a window with nine holes called the “Navagraha Kindi” (Nava means nine; Kindi means window) and the window is elegantly carved and is silver plated.
Kanakana Kindi or Kanaka’s Window is a small peephole in the Udipi Sri Krishna temple through which the great Indian saint Kanaka dasa was given darshan by lord Krishna. This is present in the outer wall of the temple and the gopuram is known as Kanagagopura.
There is a legend behind the presence of ” Kanakana kindi”.
Shri Kanakadasa was a great devotee of Lord Shri Krishna. He lived at around the same time as Shri Vadiraja Swamiji at Udupi and was carrying out his Bhajans in front of the temple regularly . Kanakadasa, an ardent believer of God, came to Udupi to worship Lord Krishna. He was not allowed inside the temple as he was of lower caste .
Undeterred, Kanakadasa lived just behind the temple to serve Sri Krishna from outside the temple .One night the temple wall collapsed and this enabled Kanakadasa to get a darshan of his Lord.
Further, it is believed that Sri Krishna himself turned his face in such a way, that Kanakadasa could get his darshan. As for this ardent devotee, a long-cherished ambition had been fulfilled by the lord himself, a privilege that people of higher caste could not get. This incident implies that to the almighty, He treats all this devotees equally, regardless of caste, color and creed.
Adjacent to the temple is a pond named madvasarovar .