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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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  • A temple from the Hoyasala times, Chennkesava temple at Belur was on the first pieces of sculpture masterpieces by the dynasty. The pictures depict various forms of dance, fashion, Indian epics, engin...  more »
  • I am writing on a Round trip covering Halebedu-Belur-Sringeri-Hornadu-Dharmastala-Surya Temple-Vaidyanatheswara Temple-Sowtadka Ganapathi-Shishileshawara-Kukke Subramanya (2 Nights 3 days) Please plan...  more »
  • Visited quite a few place in south India but never cam across with a place with such extensive, minute, beautiful, thoughtful stone carvings. The carvings are so intricate and detailed and carry some ...  more »
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  • Great weekend getaway from Bangalore. Excellent sculptures and carvings. Belur temple has more intricate carvings than Halebeedu temple. If you have some interest in mythology and ancient history, then hiring a guide is the best thing to do.
  • One of the must visit places for history and mythology enthusiasts. This is a temple from hoysala dynasty, and has beautiful work of stove carving that you will not find anywhere except this region of Karnataka. Also, this temple is associated with a lot of mythological stories. Can be a good option for a weekend trip from Bangalore.
  • Awesome place to rejoice your mind and heart....beautiful Hoysala team sculpture...and whole temple is very much clean and neat. Must visit place.
  • This architectural marvel is dedicated to Lord Vijayanarayana, one of the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. You would find excellent carvings and sculptures there. Good place to spend weekend. In case looking for a guide, do bargain.
  • One of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture in the state and well maintained by the ASI. The black granite sculptures are sure to overwhelm you and it pays to brush up on history before you land here. Must visit if you are a history buff.