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Chennakeshava Temple

Halebid and Belur

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Chennakeshava Temple Overview

Ranked 2 of 9 sightseeing in Halebid and Belur

Chennakesava Temple is one of the finest testaments constructed using soft soapstone. The ancient shrine at Velapuri belonging to the Hoysala period is famed for the 48 carved pillars in various designs. Chennakesava or Lord Vishnu is the chief deity of the Chennakesava Temple complex.

The temple was consecrated to mark the victory of King Vishnuvardhana of Talkad over the Cholas during 1117. Carvings of elephants, episodes from the Puranas, the Upanishads and the epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata draw attention of tourists. Some other attractions of the complex are the sculptures of Madanakai damsels and carvings in navaranga.

Along with the temple, there are several shrines in the rectangular complex called as veranda. Most of the complex is in ruins comprising pillared hypostyle hall (navaranga), a square vestibule (antale) and stellate vimana. In the complex, there is a shrine named as Kappe Chennigaraya Temple. The shrine was constructed by Shantaladevi, queen of famous King Vishnuvardhan.
 

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Admire the Magnificent Carvings of the Temple

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Nidhish Patni
1st May 17

Very good visit

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Nidhish Patni
1st May 17

Gorgeous architectural wonder

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25th Dec 17

Beautiful historical ruins

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2nd Dec 17

Very old temple

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22nd Oct 17

Inside the temple

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Chandan Adiga

Chandan Adiga4.3/5

36 reviews

Beautiful sculpture, architecture temple

Famous for Temple. Located at a distance of 25km from Chikkamagalur and at 38kms from Hassan. Hoysaleshwara Temple at Halebeedu is at a distance from 17km. Target Beluru for food time as it is better than Halebeedu. Again, Government approved guides are available to hire. Footwear's are not permitted inside the temple. Entry is free.
  • Beautiful sculpture, architecture temple
  • Beautiful sculpture, architecture temple
  • Beautiful sculpture, architecture temple
  • Beautiful sculpture, architecture temple
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Priya shivakumar

Priya shivakumar2.9/5

1 review

Ancient architecture at the temples of halberd and belur are awe inspiring .. The detailing and prec

A wonderful heritage site, which is an architectural marvel .. Each sculpture around and within the temple has beautiful stories associated with it, we would have known those stories from our Hindu mythology and epics. If you have the time and interest, Hiring a guide will give you more details of what each sculpture depicts .. Around this places when we drive through we find nature's beauty with the lush green coffee estates on the small hills and **** or corn fields in the valleys between those hilly places .. The weather is very pleasant and warm during the day and cool at nights, might be a little rainy, all this is during October .. Overall an amazing architectural marvel which gives you so much pride and goosebumps.

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Anantha Raman

Anantha Raman4.3/5

1 review

The marvels of the Chennakesava Temple at Belur

Belur is well known for its marvelous temples built during the rule of the Hoysala dynasty, making it and nearby Halebidu favored tourist destinations in Karnataka state.The Chennakeshava Temple, built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana is in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, India. Chennakesava (lit, handsome Kesava) is a form of the Hindu God Vishnu.The main entrance to the complex is crowned by a Rajagopuram (superstructure over entrance).The building material used in the Chennakesava temple is chloritic schist, more commonly known as soapstone, and is essentially a simple Hoysala plan built with extraordinary detail.The pillars inside the hall are an attraction and the most popular one is the Narasimha pillar which at one time could have revolved on its ball bearings. While all the forty eight pillars are unique and the many ceiling sections are well decorated, nothing surpasses the finish of the four central pillars and the ceiling they support.These temple complexes have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Deepika  Ashwant

Deepika Ashwant5.0/5

17 reviews

Best to visit at sunrise or sunset

This temple built by the Hoysala Dynasty about a 1000 years back & it is an architectural marvel. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu & goddess Lakshmi. Also an UNESCO world Heritage Sight.Not just the structure of the temple, even each stone carving speaks of the Hoysala unique style of Art, design & their intelligence. The sculptures are very intricate & detailed. We can spend hours together gazing at their beauty. A guide can help us to understand more about the temple is what we felt when we had visited. Since they are stone structures, it becomes difficult to walk around when the sun reaches its peak. Try to visit during sunrise or sunset to spend more time looking around & photographing the sculptures. A must visit place, as no photograph can capture complete beauty of this temple & to be experienced personally.

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  • Best to visit at sunrise or sunset
  • Best to visit at sunrise or sunset

Pankaj Shrivastav

Pankaj Shrivastav4.3/5

4 reviews

Belur Temple - Excellent place

Visited when on the way to Chikmagalur from Bangalore. Worth visiting site. Beautiful architecture. Not crowded place, so one can relax and watch the beauty of temple.

Ramesh babu Av

Ramesh babu Av5.0/5

7 reviews

Beautiful ancient temple

Beautiful ancient temple. Worth visiting and observing the ancient architecture and carving skills. Simply amazing. It may take some time to go through all the temple carvings and understand the history behind. Some guides available there for storytelling.

Lalith Kashyap

Lalith Kashyap5.0/5

12 reviews

Stone sculpted tells a tale which is amazingly live

I was driving to Chikmagalur from Bangalore and we stopped near a small temple town Belur. I took this as an opportunity to see the Chennakeshava Temple. A place that has been on my bucket list for quite some time now, Belur is about three hours drive from Bangalore-Hassan route. Channakeshava Temple is one of its kind of temple where stone sculpted to tell a tale which is amazingly lively. A sincere suggestion would be to hire a guide in order to understand the intricacies involved and the ideas that the architects have tried to convey through their art. Take time out see thoroughly each temple and relish.

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  • Stone sculpted tells a tale which is amazingly live
  • Stone sculpted tells a tale which is amazingly live
  • Stone sculpted tells a tale which is amazingly live
  • Stone sculpted tells a tale which is amazingly live
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Govindan Naganathan

Govindan Naganathan4.6/5

163 reviews

Gives the history

At the entrance to the sanctum one finds beautifully sculpted dwarapalakas. At Chennakesava temple you can see innumerable variety of sculpture of ornaments, birds, animals and dancers which look very life like. The entire temple is filled with sculptures with no portion left blank. One of the major attractions is the Darpana Sundari is lady with mirror. For a fee of Rs20/- the pillars at the roof are illuminated so that you can see the sculptures in the pillar clearly and also take photographs. Except for the sanctum one can take photographs anywhere in the temple. This is a must see place for art lovers and people interested in history of Hoysala kingdom.

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