Chennakesava Temple, Belur

Known primarily for its intricate stone carvings, Chennakesava Temple boasts some of the finest monuments of the Hoysala dynasty. Built in the 12th century, the temple stretches out into a complex consisting of several shrines paying homage to different Hindu gods. Every facade features carved decorations narrating various Hoysala-related stories through imagery. The complex's main attraction, a star-shaped temple with intricate embellishment made of greenish soapstone features a famed sculpture of Garuda, the winged consort of the god Vishnu. Plan your visit to Chennakesava Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Belur road trip planning tool .
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  • We have visited Belur Chennakesava and Halebidu Temples from Hassan. We got a train in From Banglore on 22nd Dec 2017 at 8.30 pm and reached Hassan Jn Railway Station early morning at 2.00 am. We just...  more »
  • Please take a guided tour to understand the temple's history. They aint that costly, they will ask for around 400-500. The guide will take around one hour to explain things. The temple has beautiful c...  more »
  • This temple is over 1000 years old, took 3 generations of kings and over 100 years to finish. Does this story say something ? This temple is a work of art with soap stone carvings all around , each ca...  more »
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  • Amazing experience. Visited the temple for second time. Mostly known for the heritage and architectural value. There is no full functional pooja here, more of a tourist place. Exceptional architecture and sculptures. Good for Photography in the monsoon months as the skies tend to be more dramatic. We went in December but it was too hot and sunny around 10am. Highly recommended.
  • Astounding architecture from the medieval era.. u gotta spend atleast a week to dig in deeper and relish every little detail of some brilliant handcrafted work on show... Must visit place for architecture n Indian art lovers..
  • Stunning architecture. Details in stone carvings are unbelievable. Hiring a tour guide will help you understand the architecture and importance of each and every stone carving.
  • It displays the elegant kingdom of Hoysalas. The Temple was taken 100 years to built. Each minute architecture tells a story. No modern architects can even create any such piece of sculpture or even closer to that...
  • Art work of temple is really great. Must visit at least once. But there is no good food available nearby to temple.

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