Ambalpady/Ambalpadi is a holy place in the surroundings of Udupi, the land of Lord Sri Krishna. With the ancient Sri Janardana temple having Mahakali mandir by the side, Janardana pushkarani in the front, an Anjaneya temple with an idol incorporating incarnations of Mukhyaprana, and a Brandavan of Raghavendra Swamji in the surroundings, it has been growing as a religious and cultural center in the coastal belt of Karnataka.
With the Sri Krishna temple to the east and the holy beach where Sri Madhwacharya got the idol of Lord Krishna to the west, Ambalpady is situated about 3 kilometers away from Udupi bus-stand. Janardana is the presiding deity of Ambalpady. To his Southeast is goddess Mahakali who is worshiped with greater ardor. This is common as children go more often to their mother than to their father and confess their mother knowing for help. With the same belief, devotees come to goddess Mahakali to be relieved of their sins and get solution to their problems.
There is one more reason for her dominance here. She had come earlier to this place to protect the land, and the place got its name because of her. Ambalpady is ‘Ammana Padi’, or the ‘Woods of Amma’. Later it became Ambalpady. It is believed that initially goddess Mahakali was worshiped in a stone. The same stone is being worshiped even now along with the wooden idol of Mahakali. Thus, Mahakali was worshiped earlier in this region and Janardana Swamy came here in search of the goddess and decided to stay here and protect devotees.
How to reach:
Nearest Railway Station: Udupi.
Nearest Airport: Mangalore.
By Bus: Reach Udupi and ask anybody about Ambalpady you will get the directions to reach the temple.
Udupi is on NH-17 around 1 hour journey from Mangalore.
Here is the phone no of Sri Janardhana and Sri Mahakali Temple Ambalpadi Udupi -576103 0820-2520871 please call them they will give ph no of sri Ballal also mail at email@example.com