Thursday, August 07, 2008

Chennakeshava Temple, Belur

2nd August 2008

Last Saturday, I visited this Temple while returning from Chikmagalur. Though I have been to Belur several times, I never had camera with me.

The construction of the Temple was started by Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD. Well, there is enough information about Belur in web. So, I will not get into the details of the Temple. The details given to each stone carving is excellent.

Here is the front portion of the Temple.


Manasthamba

Darpana Sundari (beauty with mirror), the most popular Shilabhalika.



Raya Gopura, which was constructed later by Harihara II of Vijayanagar Empire. This has been recently renovated.


A damaged idol

Stone carving depicting that during teenage even donkey looks beautiful!!


An Idol inside the Temple.


More photos of this Temple can be seen here.

3 comments:

ರಾಜೇಶ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ said...

classy! 25 years ago i visited belur. only vaguely do i remember anything now. next summer I plan to cover all the temples in hassan district.

Aravind GJ said...

Covering all Hoysala temples in Hassan would be great!!

Spica said...

Hi: we are visiting Bengaluru in August 09 and are wondering if it will be too hot to visit Belur? We will have 2 little kids (9 and 6) and have probably got a little wimpy having lived in the US for the last 15 years. Do you think it willbe unbearably hot during the day or a manageable heat?

Thanks Chitra