Ambalpady is a holy place, situated around 2 miles from bus stand of Udupi and is famous for the Shri Janardana and Mahakali Temple which is a complex of numerous temples namely Mahakali Mandir, Janardana Pushkarani, Anjaneya temple, and Raghavendra Swamji's Brandavan. Goddess Mahakali is worshipped more here than others as she is like a mother to the devotees, her children. Another point is that the Goddess Mahakali had visited this place to provide solutions to the problems of the devotees and to shelter the land. The place is named after the Goddess as Ambalpady means 'Ammana Padi' ('Woods of Amma'). Even now Goddess Mahakali is being worshipped as a stone as was done initially and also as a wooden statue. It is said that Janardana Swamy came in search of Goddess Mahakali and resolved to stay and protect the devotees. Lord Janardana is the main deity of Ambalpady and is worshipped along with Mata Mahakali.
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