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Udupi: the preamble
One story says that Madhvacharya saved a ship in distress along the Konkan coast. The grateful ship's captain gave him a gopi-chandana, or sandalwood lump, that he used as ballast. Inside the lump was the image of Lord Krishna, which was installed here.
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After saving it, he accepted the Gopi Chandana pieces that the captain of the ship offered. Madhva then installed the Krishna idol at Udupi, near the Chandramouleeswara shrine, and the Balarama idol in Vada Pandeshwara village.

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