Sunday, 8 January 2012


The erstwhile capital of the Hoysalas, Belur's claim to fame is its magnificent temple complex. The Hoysalas were prolific temple builders and their reign led to a profusion of beautiful temples in and around Belur. Along with Halebid, the temples of Belur represent the architectural dexterity of the Hoysala craftsmen.

The Chennakeshava temple is the most exquisite manifestation of Hoysala temple architecture. Built in 1117 AD by Hoysala king Vishnuvardhan to celebrate his victory over the Cholas, the temple is the culmination of over hundred years of painstaking craftsmanship. The star-shaped temple also has images of the 10 incarnations of Vishnu accompanied by those of his two wives- Bhu (earth) and Lakshmi (goddess of wealth).

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