The image shows Kalyani, which is a temple tank, located on the northeast corner of the Chennakeshava Temple complex in Belur, Karnataka, India. Also known by other names, including Pushkarini and Kunda, the temple tank is a common feature in Hindu temples.
According to an inscription, Hoysala King Ballala II commissioned this temple tank in 1175 CE and was named Vasudeva Sarovara. Vasudeva is synonymous with Vishnu because Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, is known by this name (also his father’s name). Sarovara means a lake is Kannada. It is now known as the Gajagonda (Elephant Pond).
The tank is inside a walled enclosure. While the specially built walls surround it on the west and south sides, the walls of the temple prakara (which is a protective wall surrounding the temple) enclose it on the east and north sides. The entrance is through a doorway in the pavilion located in the middle of the west-side wall.
The image shows a view from the northwest side of the tank. As you can see, there are two mini shrines built on the terrace above the stairs. Access to the pond is through steps, which become narrower as you go down.
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