Journey to Spiritual Places with Radhanath Swami

Radhanath Swami speaks about Udupi

on October 18, 2014 in Udupi with 35 Comments

The word ‘Udupi’ means the ‘moon’ or ‘the lord of the stars’, because at this place the god of the moon Chandra, who was cursed by Daksha, came to worship Lord Mahadev for the purpose of being relieved of these symptoms of that reactions of that curse. This is the original temple of Udupi that has been here for long, long time since ancient history.


“This is the great and holy land which was so much sanctified by the presence and teachings of Sripada Madvacharya. Sripad Madvacharya and his descendants preach very boldly in this whole area and even throughout the entire nation, the glories of worship of the supreme Lord Krishna and the chanting of his holy names. And just five hundred years ago yugavatar Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also came to this place and inspired everyone in all the towns and villages to chat the holy names of Hari and become perfect in their spiritual life.” – Radhanath Swami


In actuality the heritage of everyone here, in this area of India is to follow in the footsteps of great souls like Madvacharya and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Therefore it is the natural duty of every living being to accept that great heritage and take the mercy of the lord by taking the dust of the feet of these great souls on our heads. And to take the dust of the feet of a great soul on our heads, does not mean simply in a physical sense. The dust of the feet of the great souls is his instructions. To surrender our life to the instructions of the great souls is the actual process of taking the dust of their feet on our heads. And what is that instruction? It is to always remember Krishna and never forget Krishna through the path of Bhakti.


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  • Sumit Sharma

    Jai jai!

  • brajswaminidd

    Thanks for sharing the meaning of Udupi

  • Smitha Krishna Das

    The details are very clear. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Yadati Raja Shekar

    The teachings of Srila Madhvacharya are so wonderful and sublime that when one follows these principles is completely satisfied to the core of the heart.

    • Piyush Singh

      So true.

  • Sanjiv

    Lord Krishna (God) says in Bhagwad Gita that one who remembers him is the greatest yogi and that can be best done by chantring his names, which is what was spread by Lord Chaitanya and Srila Madhvacharya

    • Sumit Sharma

      Very nice!

  • Nandkishor Das

    Very holy n purifying place-Udupi.

  • Satya Kama Das

    Very holy place. Because of Radhanath Swami i had fortune to visit Udupi for the first time. Thank you very much.

  • Vishnu Walse

    Thank You for sharing the past times of the Udupi Dham. I was searching about the Udupi and came across this article.

  • Navin Poojary

    True! The essential aspect of all our spiritual practices is To always remember Krishna and never forget Krishna

    • Piyush Singh

      Indeed !!!

  • Smitha Krishna Das

    Very clear and is giving the back ground. This explains how Udipi has become a holy place.

  • vidya karekar

    sri udupi dham ki jai

  • Satya Kama Das

    Thank you very much for explaining about Udupi Dham.

  • Piyush Singh

    Beautiful narration of the importance of the Udupi dham and the crest jewel of all the instructions to Always remember Krishna and never forget Krishna. Thank you very much for uploading this pearl of wisdom from HH Radhanath Swami.

  • Onkar Deshpande

    such a beautiful description about udupi dham. its mesmerizing. thank you Radhanath swami maharaj

  • SarvAvtar Das

    Hari Bol. Very Nice Explanation by Maharaj

  • khushal

    Lovely description of Sri udupi Dham. After hearing the significance and glories of this place I develop a strong desire in my heart to visit this unknown place to me in near future. Radhanath swamiji has explained so nicely about the significance of this place. Thank you swamiji

    • Piyush Singh

      I also had the similar experience. Though I’ve been to Udupi but with this enhanced wisdom about the glories of the place, I’m very eager to plan my next pilgrimage there once again.

  • Arun Pagare

    Amazing..thank u for elaborate description..

  • Ganesh lagad

    Importance of holy place Udupi and lord chaitanya mahaprabhu gave message to chant holy names of hari is very nice explanation given by radhanath swami thank u for sharing with us

  • Kalpesh Jadhav

    Most of the times we tend to visit a holy place just for the sake or as a ritual the actual purpose of visiting a holy place is disticncted above by Radhanath Swami thorugh the diacription of sri udupi kshetra.

  • vitthalesh das

    The holy places like udupi are always blessed and filled with spiritual vibration .as described by maharaj these places are full with dust of great soul which indicate that its available for condition soul to get purified and also be more faithful ,dedicate for krishna bhakti…hk

  • dharmendra vaishya

    Holy place only becomes holy when our consciousness is holy when I say consciousness is holy means to serve devotees and remember lord. Swamiji rightly said about the dust.

  • harsh0807

    Nicely explained & very well said i agree with you dharmendra to visit such holy places one should be always ready to serve great souls & to visit dham means our consciousness should be servant of the servant !! Thank you swami ji

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! Our only hope is to get inspired to follow in the footsteps of the great acharyas and pure devotees of the Lord.

  • NSP

    Wonderful glorification of Udupi!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    All these holy places are so important for us to visit because we get to know it’s glories and also get inspired by the great Vaishnavas and saints who lived there, performed their pastimes and perfected their lives as exalted devotees of the Lord.

  • Rahul Gupta

    When we visit these places in yatras with saints like Radhanath Swami, we can actually enter the mood of these places.

  • Pradeep Kumar

    Thanks for explaining about history of Udupi temple.

  • Keshav Kishor Das

    Param Vijayate Sri Krishna Sankirtanam…..! Well explained….! Thank You Maharaj.

  • Srivatsan

    Wonderful point -“To surrender our life to the instructions of the great souls is the actual process of taking the dust of their feet on our head”

  • Veda Lover

    Udupi is a very holy dham since time immemorial and Radhanath Swami has brought out it’s glories in a very beautiful way

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    It is so informative to know the history and the mood in which we should visit the Dham from great Vaishnavas. We should understand the life of great acharyas who performed their pastimes there, inspiring so many on the spiritual path and try to follow in their footsteps.