Udupi

Udupi also known as Odipu in Tulu, is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of Udupi District. Udupi is notable for the Krishna Temple and lends its name to the popular Udupi cuisine. It is also known as Lord Parasurama Kshetra, and is famous for Kanakana Kindi. A centre of pilgrimage, Udupi is also known as Rajata Peetha and Shivalli (Shivabelle). Manipal is a locality within Udupi city. Udupi is situated about 60 km north of the industrial hub Mangalore and about 422 km northwest of state capital Bangalore by road.

The climate in Udupi is hot in summers and pleasant in winter. During summers (from March to May) the temperature reaches up to 40 °C and in winters (from December to February) it is usually between 32 °C and 20 °C.

The monsoon period is from June to September with one of the rainfall averaging more than 4000mm every year and heavy winds.

Bhuta Kola, Aati kalenja, Karangolu, and Nagaradhane are some cultural traditions of Udupi. The residents celebrate festivals such as Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr, Christmas, Diwali, Makara Sankranti, Navaratri and Krishna Janmashtami. Folk arts like Yakshagana are also popular.

Rathabeedhi Geleyaru and Kalavrinda are local non-profit organisations, founded to encourage creative pursuits, especially those that keep alive the traditions of the region. Its primary focus has been historic dramas.

There are several festivals during which huge crowds of locals as well as outsiders gather in Udupi.

During the biennial Paryaya festival, the temple management is handed over to the next Matha. Each of the Mathas is headed by a Swami, who will be in charge of the pooja or worship of krishna, not to mention, the temple, during his ‘Paryaya’. The Paryaya ceremony is held on 18 January on even years (like 2012, 2014 and so on), starting early in the morning at around 3 AM. During this festival there are representative tableau which gather near the entrance of the town (called ‘swagata goopura’ meaning the arc of welcome). Festivals like Makara Sankranthi (the day the idol’s prathisha was done), Ratha Sapthami, Madhwa Navami (the day on which the acharya disappeared while he was teaching his disciples, the exact place of which is still marked and visited by devotees, near the matta), Madhwa jayanti (the birth day of the great saint, Vijaya Dashami), Hanuma Jayanthi, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Navarathi Mahotsava, Naraka Chathurdashi, Deepavali, Geetha Jayanthi, Daasara aradhanas, etc. are celebrated with grandiosity by the Paryaya Mutt every year.

Bhuta Kola, Aati kalenja, Karangolu, and Nagaradhane are some cultural traditions of Udupi. The residents celebrate festivals such as Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr, Christmas, Diwali, Makara Sankranti, Navaratri and Krishna Janmashtami. Folk arts like Yakshagana are also popular.

Rathabeedhi Geleyaru and Kalavrinda are local non-profit organisations, founded to encourage creative pursuits, especially those that keep alive the traditions of the region. Its primary focus has been historic dramas.