The site of the hoary shrine of Sri Mahakali, situated in Ambalpady ward of Udupi town was originally a wood. ‘Ambalpady’ is the name of the village where the temple is located.
History of the Temple
Ambalpady had been the centre of a group of villages called NIDAMBURU MANE, adminstered by a family of Jain-chieftains of the Banga dynasty. The palace of the chieftains, called NIDAMBURU BEEDU, was situated near Mahakali shrine. More than 500 years ago, one of the descendents of this royal family turned into an ascetic, and the administration had to be taken over by a family of brahmins called udupas, who had migrated to this area from Kandavara village of Kundapura Taluk. The royal surname ‘NIDAMBURU BALLALA’ was also assumed by this family. Eventually, one Sridar Nidamburaya, The earliest known ancestor of this Brahmin family, recorded in the stone inscription installed inside Sri Janardana temple constructed the present shrine of Sri Janardhana on the northern side of Sri Mahakali. Sri Janardhana is the tutelary deity of the family. Thereafter, Sri Janardana was regarded as the principal Deity of this temple, and Sri Mahakali, described as VISHNU-MAYA on the scriptures, was worshipped as the divine consort of Sri Janardhana.
SRI JANARDHANA TEMPLE
SRI JANANARDANA AND SRI MAHAKALI TEMPLES
AMBALPADY, UDUPI – 576 103
Tel: +91 820 2520871