Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mangalore - 4

Continued from here.

Today, I'll write a bit about Udupi. Udupi is a town about an hour from Mangalore.

It is very well known for the Krishna Mutt (Krishna Temple) where my aunt wanted to take me. Shri Madhavacharya (a Vaishnav saint) founded this temple and it is known throughout the world for its rich customs.

It is different from ALL other temples and places of worship. In temples/churches, the idol always faces the entrance of the temple but here, the Krishna idol has its back faced to the entrance. There is a fascinating story associated with this.. My aunt had told me of it before she could take me there. There was a famous poet in Karnataka called Kanakadas. He would compose poems and songs in Kannada. He had written many songs in praise of Lord Krishna but he was never allowed to enter this temple as he belonged to a lower caste. There was a small window at the back of the temple through which you could see Krishna's back. Kanakadas decided to stand near this window and he would sing all those songs here. Touched by his devotion, Krishna turned to see out of the window, thus giving Kanakadas the darshan he longed for.. God does not differentiate.

Lord Krishna still stands facing this window and the window is now called "Kanakana Kindi".

Everyone has to go around the temple to the back to see Krishna from the small window. There is a wonderful aura that resonates throughout the temple and there is this particular Hanuman statue inside that makes wishes come true.. I made a wish there :P

Even though I am not very religious, the story gave me chills and I chose a small Krishna statue from one of the stores outside that my aunt purchased for me:


It resides in our home mandir now, along with the other Gods:



The Krishna Mutt offers meals to all those who come there.. we had lunch here too.

Though we were not allowed to take photographs inside the main temple, I took some in the temple surroundings..

Loved these rangolis.. they are so neatly done!!!



A small lake outside the temple :


Spotted many fish and tortoises inside this lake..

This is one of the chariots ("ratha") that is used during big festivals/processions. The God is carried in these chariots.


There was also a chariot fully made of gold but it was enclosed in such a way that I could not take pictures of it.

We returned to Mulki the same evening.. will write about Mulki next!

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