twin temples of Janardhan and Mahakali of recent origin, built at Ambalapudi
near Udipi in the South Canara district of Karnataka have certain unique
features that brought fame to the builders and laurels to this Krishna Kshetra.
This was a great Jain Kshetra, and the then ruling king in return for the
invaluable assistance rendered by Kandavara family gave away the region to it.
Sridhara Nidumbarayar, an illustrious member of the said family started making
improvements in every field. He built an elegant temple with modernity exuding
from every frame of construction and installed his household deities- Mahakali
and Janardhana swamy. Several devotional activities carried on later attracted
the public attention and when the presiding deities too began showering grace on
the worshippers more than their expectation, its fame rose up with meteoric
The Mahakali temple faces west in contra distinction to
the normal procedure of Kali shrines facing east always, may be
to protect the people from the fear of Yama whose seat
lies in the west. It is adjacent to the Janardhana swamy temple.