Established by Shri Madhwacharya—the popular Vaishnavite saint, in the 13th century, The Krishna Mathai holds high religious significance and is visited by devotees from all across the world. Shri Madhwacharya had supposedly found the statue of Lord Krishna in a big ball of gopichandana. He is also attributed to laying the foundation of the Dvaita school of Vedanta. The idol of Krishna and all the other deities are placed Pashimabhimukha, or facing the western side. The other idols in the Ashta mutts are equally important and are much revered by the locals and tourists alike.
As per folklores, Kanakadasa, a devotee of Lord Krishna, was residing in a hermitage located close to Krishna’s mutt. It is said that as a result of a massive earthquake, the outer walls of the temple were cracked; so as to reveal the face of the idol to Kanakadasa. Until today, devotees seek darshana of the Lord’s idol through the same opening from which he would witness the prayers and rituals from outside. This window is called the Kanakanakhindi.