List of festivals Celebrated in Krishna Matha

Ratha Saptami



Holy Kamadahana

Aradana of Sri Vadiraja Swamiji

Aradana of H.H. Sri Vyasaraja

Chandrikacharya or Sri Vyasaraja authored the famous classic also known as Vyasashrayas, Chandrika, Tarkatandava and Nyayamratha the last magnum opus of the great saint of supreme merit Sri Vyasaraja Swamy. The aradana of the revered saint is held at Udupi in a befitting manner. One moves upwards spiritually with the mere memory of the great sage Sri Vyasaraja, who was an eminent scholar, great tapasvi and highly colossal in Jnana, Bhatki and Vairagya.

Sri Ramanavami Celebrations


Saura Yugadi


Akshaya Thadige

Akshaya Thadige falls due on Vaishaka Shudda third day. Holy Parashurama Jayanthi is also celebrated on the same day. The aradhana of the holy saint Sri Vijayadwaja Theertha of Sri Pajawar Mutt and H.H. Sri Surothama Theertha (the younger brother of Sri H.H. Vadiraja Theertha of Sode Mutt, Udupi) of Bhandarakeri Mutt, Barkur are also held on the same day. One earns countless merits from a holy dip, followed by Japa, tarpana to elders/Lord Parashurama and giving Jaladana on this holy day. Listening to the glories of H. H. Sri Vijayadwaja, reciting Bhagwatha are also considered as quite holy.

Vedavyasa Jayanthi

Narasimha Jayanthi

Anthya Pushkrani

When the ocean of milk was churned, Nectar (Amrutha) emerged on Vaishaka Shukla 11th; It was preserved and stored on 12th Dwadashi). Srihari distributed this among the celestials on 13th. The demons were destroyed on 14th (Chaturdashi) and the celestials attained their kingdom on 15th viz. Vaishaka Shukla Paurnami. All these good five days are known as Anthya Pushkarani and are considered as quite holy. If Vaishaka masa-dharma as explained in the scriptures is performed atleast during these five days, one gets the merit of having celebrated the same during the entire Vaishaka Masa. During Vaishaka, the mass-purana is recited in Madhwa Sarovara, in front of Mukyaprana and at Simhasana. The celebrations conclude with Vyasa-Puja on the eve of Vaishaka Paurnami.

Bhagirathi Janma Dina



Ashada Shukla Ekadashi is known as Prathamaikadashi or Shayani Ekadashi. The next four months are considered as Chauturmasya Kala (Term). It is believed that Srihari will have Yoganidra upon Shesha during this period. Prathama Ekadashi is considered as quite holy to the Vaishnavas, as the tapta (hot) mudradharana is held on that day at Sri Krishna Mutt, Udupi for the devotees. On this holy day Sudarshana Homa is performed at Sri Krishna Mutt. Silver Chakra and Shanka Mudras are rendered hot to the recitation of the mantras and then accepted on the bodies by the Swamijis and the devotees. It is a tradition that the Madhwas take this hot mudras Chakra & Shanka from their Gurus at least once a year. All the devotees who are both near & far away from Udupi come to Udupi and take Mudras from the Gurujis. Apart from men, women and even children as well participate in this holy eve.


On Ashada Shudda Dashami, Swamiji has to pray before God, to observe/sit for Chauturmasya in a particular place, by offering Arghya through a conch. In Sharavana masa Shaka-Vratha (Vegetables), in Bhadrapada-curds, in Ashwayuja - milk, in Kartika masa cereals (Dwidala) are to be avoided. Travelling has been prohibited for Swamijis during Chaturmasa, as it is likely to result in the killing of earthly creatures, which nature produces abundantly during the period. In all the four Vrithas viz. (1) Shaka (2) Dabhi (3) Kshira (4) Dwidala things are to be avoided in that order for a month. In fact Chaturmasa is worth observing by all, even from one’s health point of view. In each Vritha consumption of certain items is prohibited. Each Vritha has to be started with due prayer and offered to Sri Krishna at the end. Some Pitadhipathis observe Chaturmasa from Aashada Paurnami or latest by Ashada Bahula Panchami; on the holy eve of the aradana of the revered saint H.H. Sri Jaya Theertha Swamiji. The Grihastas extend full support to Swamijis in this regard.

Aradana of Teekacharya

The aradana of Sri Jayatheertha Swamiji falls due on Ashada Bahula Panchami. Sri Jayatheertha came to be known as Teekacharya as he wrote commentaries for Acharya Madhwa’s work known as Tathva Prakashika, Nyaya Sudha etc. People listen to the glory to Teekacharya and his works on this day to earn his grace. As tradition has it, Chaturmasya also commences on this holy eve.

Aati Amavase

On the eve of aati amavasye, the Kashaya (juice) prepared from the Pala-tree which has high medicinal value has to be consumed, after offering the same to God in order to maintain good health throughout the year.

Nagara Panchami


Upakarma (Wearing a new holy thread by replacing the old) is held as below :
1) For Rigvedis in Simha Masa - Shravana Nakshatra
2) For Yajurvedis it is held on Simha Masa - Paurnami
3) For Samavedis it is held on Simha Masa - Hasta Nakshatra
If the Upakarma for the Rugvedis and Yajurvedis come in the month of Shravana, Upakarma for Samavedis comes in Bhadrapada Masa. Upakarma (thread changing ceremony) is held at Sri Krishna Mutt for all the followers of all the 3 branches of the Vedas. Hundreds of Vaishnavas living in and around udupi, come to Sri Krishna Mutt to wear the new Yajnopavithas discarding the old ones. Apart from Sri Krishna Mutt, Rujupakarma is also held at Sri Anantheshwar Temple, Udupi and Yajurupakarma is held at Chandreshwara Temple, Udupi. As the sacred thread of the Yathis are kept on their holy Danda, the holy new thread is exchanged for the old thread fixed on the holy stick. But the Swamijis are not required to participate in the Upakarma mela; but the holy thread is to be exchanged for the holy stick of the Swamijis only on the eve of Rugupakarma.

Dadhi Virtha

Dadhi Vritha i.e. non-consumption of the curds commences from Shravana Shudda Dwadashi duly taking Pancha-gavya and will be in force for one month.

Hayagriva Jayanthi

Aradana of Sri Raghavendra

Jagara Pooja

Sri Krishna Jayanthi

Ganesha Chathurthi

Dadhi Vamana Jayanthi

Dadhi Vamana Jayanthi is celebrated on Bhadrapada Shukla Dwadashi. On this day Dadhi Vritha (non-consumption of Curds) ends. Annasantharpana with Dadyanna (Curd Rice) is considered as quite holy. The Ksheera Vritham (non consumption of milk) will start on this day after duly consuming Panchagavya.

Yathi Dwadashi


Vidyadashami or Vijayasashami

As Sri Saraswathi (the goddess of learning vidya) was born on Ashwija Shudda Dashami, the day is known as Vidyadashami. Likewise we are expected to pray to Srihari for our success or vijaya. Hence, the day is also known as Vijayadashami. Newly harvested bunches of the paddy plants are taken in golden palanquins and they are fixed/inserted in different parts of the Mutt/Home after worship. Navanna Bhojana (eating of the cooked rice got from new paddy is also held on the same day). In the evening the priests worship the elephants of Sri Krishna Mutt and proceed in procession to Kadiyali Temple and perform Shami Pooja at Kadiyali. They then return to Udupi along with Shami-prasada offered to Mahalaxmi and submit the same to the Paryaya Swamiji. Every day during the night there will be different colourful cultural programmes at Vasantha Mahal/Rajangana adjacent to Sri Krishna Mutt. Navarathri and Vijayadashami are thus held in a colourful and Dharmic atmosphere.

Dwidala Virtha

The non consumption of Dwidala Dhaanya or cereals will start on Ashwija Shudda Dwadashi after consuming Panchagavya and concludes on Kartika Shudda Dwadashi (known as Uthana Dwadashi).

Paschima Jagarana Pooja

Kojagars Vritha

The non consumption of Dwidala Dhaanya or cereals will start on Ashwija Shudda Dwadashi after consuming Panchagavya and concludes on Kartika Shudda Dwadashi (known as Uthana Dwadashi).

Yama Deepa

Naraka Chaturdashi

Deepavali Amavasya

Aaksha Deepa

Akasha Deepa is made out of several long thin wooden sticks tied together in a particular shape of a box or case, which will be then wrapped/covered outside, from coloured paper or cloth.
A lamp lit from tila oil will be kept inside the Akasha Deepa and the same will be hanged outside, on the top of a tall wooden pillar during night time for one month from Ashwija Amavase to Kartika Amavase. This is considered holy and expected to result in affluence and good luck to the keepers.


Tulasi Pooja

Laksha Deepothsava

Chandreshwara Temple

Subramanya Srasti


Mokkoti Dwadashi

The holy Mukkoti Dwadashi falls due on the holy eve of Dhanurmasa Shukla Dwadashi. According to scriptures three crore celestials will have their holy dip at Swami Pushkarani in Thirumala. Hence, the holy day is known as Mukkoti Dwadashi signifying the sacred bath of three crore gods in the Swami Pushikarani. Likewise 3 Crores of thirthabhimani gods are present in the holy Madhwa Sarowara, on the auspicious day. Hence the Darshan of Sri Krishna and Mukyaprana, after a holy dip in Madhwa Sarovara will shower all grace upon the performer.