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Chennakesava Temple, Belur

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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. See Chennakesava Temple and all Belur has to offer by arranging your trip with our Belur vacation planner.
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  • After reading reviews about this temple at Belur, I was interested to visit this location. First surprise was that this place is not crowded, located in a remote tiny town in Karnataka state. Not like...  more »
  • Belur and Halebidu temples are architectural and sculptural marvel. The carvings done on the walls of the temple are stunning. These carvings goes on to show how rich our culture and heritage are.  more »
  • The temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is definitely one of the finest examples of excellence in architecture. Build in the 11th century by Vishnu Vardhan,it still stands tall perfectly fine.The temple w...  more »
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  • A great tourist spot located at Belur. The Chennakeshava Temple is said to have been built in AD1117. The place will generally be crowded. The many structures and carvings on this structures will definitely blow you away. The amount of detail that has gone into each and every crevice of the carving is truly amazing !. Do note that they do not let footwear inside (but they do have some place to keep the shoes, safety and all I do not know) and that this is a place of worship and so to dress appropriately.
  • I saw this place more as a temple than a tourist spot. I got goosebumps thinking about the past, while offering the prayer. Marvellous architecture. Was flabbergasted by the art form we had over a thousand years ago. A must visit place.
  • Magnificent carved temple of Hoysala Temple. Serene atmosphere of antiquity takes you to several decades back in time. Beautiful spot to enjoy time with your family and friends. A good camera is a must. Need to spend half a day here to get a glimpse of history of this place.
  • Don't miss this place. I will write elaborate review soon. update: After reading reviews about this temple at Belur, I was interested to visit this location. First surprise was that this place is not crowded, located in a remote tiny town in Karnataka state. Not like other famous tourist places, not much polluted. Second surprise, photography is allowed inside everywhere in this temple. Especially after seeing these intricate sculptures, naturally it is itching to take photo of every single piece over there. Since lot of reviews covered most of the parts, I want to cover what is left (if at all, anything) or trying to give different (my) perspective. I have seen this temple in many Indian cinemas, especially in songs. So after visiting many parts are looks familiar. Guides using mirrors and natural sun light to point out places high above human reach. Nice technique. In outer circle, many sculptures are in bad shape. After seeing those, I was bit disappointed. It is kind of melted down. Later came to know that the type of stone used here is called soap stone which is easy to carve and soft. But inner circle and main structure is completely intact. I missed to engage a tourist guide after noticing the way they explained about each piece with history. One way, it is good too, because guides rushes to move quickly to other places so that they can finish one group quickly and move on to engage other group. In the process, we cannot go on our own pace. Visited with family but kids did not enjoy much. They got bored after 1 hours time and was playing in the yard before main structure. If you know Hindu mythology, hindu ancient literature, epics, and history of this location like who ruled, who build, wars, etc. (not everyone have patience but it is good in many ways, :-) ) Better read as much as possible about the history of this place before going so that the experience will be more enjoyable. Visited December 2016
  • Once I entered I astonished to see such a great art and sculpture. I completely spellbound by the magnificent carvings. Kudos to అమర శిల్పి జక్కన్న. చెన్నకేశవ