Beluru Shri Chennakeshava Swamy Temple

Beluru Shri Chennakeshava Swamy Temple

Beluru Shri Chennakeshava Swamy Temple
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  • rkmanchi
    Chelmsford, Massachusetts722 contributions
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    Spellbinding architecture. A must-see
    This was my fourth visit in 47 years. And I perhaps have gone every 10 years. The place continues to amaze. Even with all the damage that the invaders of yore indulged in, the artistry and finesse of the renowned sculptors of the Hoysala kingdom is spellbinding. Overall maintenance can certainly be better. Amenities are not really there. Go with expectations that you will spend an hour ( at least) admiring each and every masterpiece. Buy a book which is sold near the temple to know more. You will not regret it. I will go as far as saying that the Belur temple and the one in nearby Halebeedu are certified man-made wonders and should be in the official list
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • SMLikestoTravel
    Bengaluru, India391 contributions
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    Exquisite sculptures and carvings! Truly a national treasure
    It is heartening to see that this Vishnu temple built in 12th century is still an active functional temple. Do hire a guide to better appreciate or else make sure that you have read about the temple and history before you visit. The exquisite sculptures and carvings are so detailed and awe-inspiring. One can easily spend a couple of hours enthralled by the beautiful art.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Nuthan Nagaraj
    Mumbai, India150 contributions
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    one of the best stone carved temples
    Chennakeshava Temple (also called Vijaya Narayana Temple), which was built by Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana to commemorate his victory over the Cholas in 1116 AD. The temple is believed to have been built by master craftsmen – Dasoja and Chavana, a father and son duo. its one of the best stone carved temples, which is in star shaped. its open from 7:30 am to 7:30pm. its a one day trip to Beluru and Halebeedu from Bangalore, provided you leave early by 6 am from Bangalore. you need hour and half at these places. please take guide they charge around 500₹ for 45 min tour. they will take your pictures as well when asked to. its a stone temple the floor outside becomes too hot in summers and afternoons, arrangements like wet carpet are lied for the tourists comfort. but many places you might have to be careful.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 21, 2024
  • abhilashadoor
    Mumbai, India99 contributions
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    Chennakesava Temple, Belur: A Masterpiece of Hoysala Architecture
    The Chennakesava Temple in Belur is a stunning example of Hoysala architecture, renowned for its intricate carvings and detailed craftsmanship. Built in the 12th century, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a masterpiece of South Indian architecture. The temple's exterior is adorned with sculptures depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, while the interior features ornate pillars and ceilings. The Chennakesava Temple is not just a place of worship but also a testament to the skill and artistry of the Hoysala artisans, making it a must-visit for anyone interested in history and architecture.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 4, 2024
  • DayTrip64433389000
    5 contributions
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    Enthralling heritage temple
    This temple dedicated to lord Vishnu is a sight to behold both inside and outside. There is so much history in each of the carvings both inside and outside. Do read up in detail before you visit else take the help of the guide.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written June 15, 2024
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nuts_medico
Bengaluru, India301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
we visited this temple on our trip from Bangalore to Chikmagalur and our driver suggested this temple. to be honest, i did not expect this to be so beautiful with so many intricate carvings and magnificent Hoysala architecture.

I thanked my driver to guide us here..a real gem of place..worth visiting.
Written February 12, 2020
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bharthul
USA88 contributions
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Dec 2022
The Chennakesava temple of Belur is one of the best preserved temples of the Hoysala dynasty of Karnataka. The Hoysalas were famed for the creation of intricately carved temples during their reign and the Chennakesava temple along with the Hoysaleshwara temple of Halebeedu mark the epitomy of their skills in this area. The temple itself is a living temple which means that the deity has not been destroyed by any invaders and therefore is worshipped as per Hindu traditions to this date. It is a well preserved temple and is a must visit for every history and architecture lover. Pure poetry in stone. The temple is well maintained and guides are available at the entrance of the monument. Definitely engage a guide as it will enhance the experience a thousandfold. The guide will walk you through all the main sculptures and architectural details including the famed statue of Shantala Devi, the beautiful queen of King Vishnuvardana, the most famous of the Hoysala rulers who commissioned this temple. Definitely stay until dusk (7:00PM) when the temple closes as the changing light illustrates the full glory of the monument. The legend of Shantala Devi, of the great scupltor Jakanna all come to life as the crowds dwindle and the light starts fading.
Written February 25, 2023
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Sushanth Rao
Pune, India175 contributions
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Dec 2020 • Solo
Read about the temple and the Hoysalas in our history books, this temple is an architectural marvel. Built somewhere in the 12th century this is a prime attraction for the tourists here. There are many monolithic structures here and it is a treat to your eyes. The detailing provided in these structures through manual carvings are unbelievable. The carvings are even better than the ones you find in Hampi. A photographers paradise. This is a must visit place and would surely recommend. There is ample parking space and entry is free.
Written December 27, 2020
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Amith Kumar S
Bengaluru, India235 contributions
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Aug 2021
While coming back from Nirvara Plantation Stay in Sakleshpur, our first pit stop was at Belur. Belur was a one hour drive from our stay, while it could be a four drive from Bengaluru. You can make it a one day trip although it would be a tiring one to travel from Bengaluru to Belur and finish everything in a single day.

The Chennakesava Temple in Belur was built in the 12th century and it still holds great significance to many. The temple was not very crowded on a Monday and we were able to take our own sweet time exploring the architectural marvel. One does not have to pay any entry fee to visit the place, there is ample parking available, and the timings are from 7 A.M to 8 P.M. There are quite a few guides available in the premises and it is advisable to use their services to get a better understanding of the temple and it's glorious history.

The Hoysala dynasty have left behind some of the most beautiful architectural beauties in Karnataka and this is one of those places you should surely visit.
Written September 3, 2021
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Mukul Pandey
34 contributions
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Dec 2020
This temple, a shining example of the Hoysala dynasty architecture and also, Indian architecture, is about four hours drive from Bengaluru. It is a must visit monument for history and architecture enthusiasts, and even for general public who should not miss this gem of a temple, adorned with sculptures that took 103 years to finish. The temple is remarkable for its architecture, sculptures, reliefs, friezes, as well as its iconography, inscriptions and history. One feels proud to see the craft and diligence of our ancestors and this is a place where history can be seen with one's own eyes!
Written January 22, 2021
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Sandeep S
San Antonio, TX88 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Family
The ChennaKesava temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. Dedicated to Lord Mahavishnu in the Mohini swaroopa, the temple also houses shrines to Goddesses Shridevi (Mahalakshmi) and Bhudevi (Andal). The base of the temple is a Srichakra. The temple structure is made of stone and covered in beautiful intricate art on some of the most important stories in India's ancient scriptures. Equally impressive are the carvings inside the temple. The main idol is gigantic and made of Saligrama. One unique aspect is that the location of the Shankara and Chakra are reversed in the Lord's hands.
Written March 11, 2020
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TrappedTortoise19
Singapore, Singapore31 contributions
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Sept 2019
The intricate carvings of this temple make it very impressive especially when you consider that it was built in the 12th century and therefore has survived centuries of erosion. The large open space also gives the area a tranquil atmosphere.
There is not much information concerning the history of the temple which would significantly improve the experience.
Written February 12, 2020
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Gyan R
Bengaluru, India64 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
It's a beautiful example of Hoysala architecture and art. It's a temple of Lord Vishnu, surrounded by many small temples. This is declared as a heritage site by Archaeological Survey of India. The stone carvings around the place are breath taking. Car parking space is available outside the temple at a price of INR 50. Some veg restaurants outside the temple provide delicious veg food. Walking around the temple during afternoon is difficult as the stone floors get really hot. Prasadam is available for purchase at entrance. Better to visit during morning hours.
Written March 9, 2020
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Mani Karthik
Bengaluru, India465 contributions
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Dec 2019
The capital city of the Hoysalas, the rulers of the 10th-14th century Karnataka, Chennakesava Temple and were great patronage of art, literature, The Hoysalas ruled from the city of Belur as their capital but later moved to Halebidu, some of the notable architectures are Gopuram of Chennakesava Temple , Navrang Mandapa, Elephant Carvings. Belur is about 200 km from Bangalore. A day road trip is possible. However, the nearest town is Hassan, Beautiful stone artifacts are available near the temple which can be bought as a souvenir.
Written June 27, 2020
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Phodophile
Bangalore District, India359 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Business
Being an architecture lover, one cannot miss this. It has got very intricate detailing which should not be missed. One should take the help of guide to understand the meaning behind and the connection between those carvings. The speciality of the place is that each and every pillar is carved differently so, there are no two pillars or carvings alike. Built in hoysala architecture style , it is worth stopping by and visiting belur temple dedicated to lord chennakeshava.
Written March 21, 2022
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