History

It is widely believed that the name of Udupi was derived from its Tulu name Odipu.The Tulu name in turn is associated with a temple at Malpe, devoted to Vadabhandeshwara.
Another story is that the name Udupi came from the combination of the Sanskrit words Udu and Pa, which mean “stars” and “lord.” According to legend, the moon’s light was once reduced due to a curse by King Daksha, whose 27 daughters (the 27 stars,according to Hindu astrology) were married to the moon. The moon prayed to Lord Shiva to get back its original shine. Lord Shiva was pleased with the moon’s prayer and restored its shine. Legend says that the moon and his wives made their prayer at the Chandramouleeshwara temple at Udupi, creating a linga that can be seen even today. According to this story, therefore, Udupi means the land of the “lord of the stars,” the moon.