Belur Chennakeshava Temple at opening time
The image shows a view of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple at opening time. As you can see, the door at the main entrance is locked and the main priest is walking towards it to open the temple to the public.
Located 150 miles west of Bangalore in southern India, the Belur Chennakeshava Temple is a magnificent temple dedicated to Vishnu. King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty commissioned the temple in 1167 CE to commemorate his victory over the Cholas at Talakadu. After his death, his successors – Narasimha I and Veera Ballala II – continued the work, and it took 103 years to complete it.
Mounted on the pillars near the top but just below the eaves are the beautifully carved sculptures popularly known as the bracket figures. Check the Bracket Figures page for info. The sculptural relief on the left jalandhra (perforated screen) depicts the court of King Vishnuvardhana, and the relief on the right jalandhra depicts the court of King Vira Ballala II.
– Main Entrance and Facade
– South Entrance
– North Entrance
– Hoysala King Vishnuvardana, the builder of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple
– Hoysala King Veera Ballala II
– Hoysala emblem on the right side of the main entrance
– Hoysala emblem on the left side of the main entrance
Shilābālikes – Bracket figures mounted below the eaves
– Darpana Sundari, Sukha Bhasini, Nātya Sundari, Gāna Sundari, Kesha Sundari, Tribhangi, Nagna Sundari, Kapāla Durga, Koravanji, Nātya Mohini, Betegārthi
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Bracket Figures
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Navaranga
– Belur Chennakeshava Temple – Garbhagriha Outer Wall
– Somanathapura Keshava Temple – A Magnificent Temple Dedicated to Vishnu
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