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Visit Chennakesava Temple

A journey across the vast Indian subcontinent treats your eyes with a scenic landscape speckled with artificial and natural wonders. From religious practices to pulsating night life, from heritage edifices to swanky structures and from bewitching natural wonders to man's immaculate creations, India is a land of many tangible and intangible wonders. One such remnant that speaks of the time of Hoysala Empire is The Chennakesava Temple, built on the banks of Yagachi River in Belur, Karnataka. As Belur is known for its marvellous temple art and architecture, the Chennakesava Temple stands as its perfect example. Such artistic skills and brilliance are hard to be born today and therefore it grabs the attention of millions of travellers from far off continents.

A journey across the vast Indian subcontinent treats your eyes with a scenic landscape speckled with artificial and natural wonders. From religious practices to pulsating night life, from heritage edifices to swanky structures and from bewitching natural wonders to man's immaculate creations, India is a land of many tangible and intangible wonders. One such remnant that speaks of the time of Hoysala Empire is The Chennakesava Temple, built on the banks of Yagachi River in Belur, Karnataka. As Belur is known for its marvellous temple art and architecture, the Chennakesava Temple stands as its perfect example. Such artistic skills and brilliance are hard to be born today and therefore it grabs the attention of millions of travellers from far off continents.

Commissioned by King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD, the temple speaks the tales of Vijaynagar Empire. A seven-storey gopuram leads devotees to the temple complex. The original shrine in the temple is built in a star- shaped pattern and images inside it resembles Kesava (a form of Lord Krishna). The extraordinary detail of Hoysala architecture reflected on the lines of Chennakesava Temple mesmerises visitors with their accuracy and unique style.

Out of many, few interesting points that are worth sharing are:

  • there are three distinct pieces of architectures within the complex, a platform, open hall and a shrine,
  • delicate lavish sculptural decorations and depictions span over the hall and
  • the presiding deity, i.e., Lord Krishna or Keshava measure 6 foot high.
Chennakesava Temple is not merely for pilgrims, but also for historians and history lovers who want to study and take pride in ancient Indian art and architecture.  

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  • Attractions

    Heritage Tourism
  • Altitude

    975 m
  • STD Code

    08177
  • Best Season

    None
  • State/Code

    Belur/573115
  • LANGUAGES

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