"Temple areas in South India are the centres of multitude of activities: from small shops or kiosks selling religious commodities to large shopping centres, residential buildings in the form of monasteries or chaultnes to houses for priests, and jewellary shops to road side vegetable vendors. These activities represent a sizeable cross section of the economic life of the town. All these make the space around temple a complex phenomenon. Most of the temples offer "prasadam" or devine meal to devotees after daily afternoon prayer. Tens and thousands of meals are offered every day. This mandatory religious requirement itself brings about a tremendous momentum to scores of economic activities, viz. supply of perishable and nonperishable food material, fuel, huge quantity of water, liberal electric power supply, disposal of garbage and waste water. Efficient labour force is required to handle each of these requirements. This is a unique feature and has a profound effect on the space around. The temple town of Udupi is very old. In olden days the temple and the immediate surrounding area was considered to be the city centre. Now the city centre has sprawled over a much larger area with a variety of modern buildings added. However, the temple and the space around has surprisingly been almost the same. Only the generation of people move about in the area is different and shops are modernized. Age old proportion of the space is untouched. The lanes leading to the temple are well articulated. The space has excellent climatological considerations. The historic buildings around are the monuments of wealth their owners possessed. On festival days the entire space around the temple get inundated with millions of devotees, bringing them very close in crowding to appear as one group with a single religious zeal. This paper puts forth various building forms and their relationship with religion, humanscale, social customs, economics and the technological aspects of the past and the present. Also it assesses the demographic composition around the space under study, and effects of nearby developed areas on to it. The quality of space and the architectural principles involved are appraised through sketches and photographs. Areas of confusion and ignorance of local bodies and its effects on the quality of space is identified. The paper ends with an epilogue tracing the possible future trend of development and suggestive measures to set the development on its right track."