We were lucky enough to visit the Udupi Sri Krishna Matha (Paryaya Sri Sode Vadirajamutt) in Udupi, Karnataka, during our recent vacation to the southern part of India. This happens to be one of the eight Mutts called Ashta Mathas or Sode Matha. I must say there’s something divine here. The air itself was so very different and peaceful.
After removing our footwears, we entered the Gopura, where the first thing we spotted was a Cow with a calf feeding on. My maternal instincts might have been the reason for me feeling rejoiced. 🙂
Then we spotted the lil Sri Krishna idol through the window through which His Devotee Kanakadasa was seeing the offerings and poojas. Only this Krishna idol faces Eastern side because Sri Krishna was so pleased with Kanakadasa (who wasn’t allowed inside the mutt by the saints) that He turned back and broke the wall in front of Kanakadasa to allow him to see His idol. Whatever be the story behind the temple, I was extremely overwhelmed to see my favourite Kannan (Kanha) through the window. Later we got the Theertha from the priest which was a very different one from whatever I have had till date, that I would prefer to call it Amrutha that came out during Samudra Manthan.
Lordess Bhagirathi is worshipped in the temple inside the tank. The priests are supposed to take a dip in the holy pond before commencing the poojas and offerings daily.
The Brahma Ratha or the chariot in front of the temple.
The temple is constructed according to the Dravidian Architecture.
There’s also a huge Goshala (Shelter for cows) in the temple with over 100 cows and calves. Amazing it was.
We were blessed enough to be able to have the Annadana Prasada (Annadana Seva or Poor Feeding) at the temple.
Thank you, Unni Kanna (Kanhaa or Little Krishna)!
I know this wouldn’t have been possible without your divine intervention.
Overall, it was a great blessing.