In Search of Secret India…Belur

Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. With Halebidu  which is only 16 km away, this is one of the major Tourist attractions of Karnataka. Belur is located in Hassan District of Karnataka.

A Belur BEauty,Truncated by Invaders!

A Belur BEauty,Truncated by Invaders!

The temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture.. It was built by king Vishnuvaradan in commemoration of his victory over the Cholas  at Talakad in 1117 CE.

Carvings in Soft Stones depicting Mahabaratha and Ramayana..superb workmanship!

Carvings in Soft Stones depicting Mahabaratha and Ramayana..superb workmanship!

The architectural beauty of Belur and Halebid,reminds one of the Tanjavur Architecture,believed to have been done by the Sthapathis brought from Tanjore by Vishnuvaradan,after his vistory!According to inscriptions discovered here, it was also referred to as Velapuri.

A closer look at the top of the ceiling workmanship!

A closer look at the top of the ceiling workmanship!

The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshaav temple complex which contains the Chennakesavau Temple,meaning handsome Vishnu,created by Vishnuvaradan! (dedicated to Chennakeshava) 

A beautifully carved pillar,with frescos on Top!

A beautifully carved pillar,with frescos on Top!

There is a pushkarani or stepped well to the right side of the main entrance. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes with no portion left blank. The intricate workmanship includes elephants, lions, horses, episodes from the Indian mythological epics, and sensuous dancers (Shilabalikas). Inside the temple are a number of ornate pillars. Darpana Sundari (Lady with the mirror) carved on walls of Belur Temple is one of major attractions in the complex.

The ceiling at Chennakesavalu Temple,with a Lingam!

The ceiling at Chennakesavalu Temple,with a Lingam!

Chennakesavalu,the Main deity of Belur..see the intricate architectural carvings at the Entrance.

Chennakesavalu,the Main deity of Belur..see the intricate architectural carvings at the Entrance.

Belur is another architectural wonder,near Halebid.

Belur is another architectural wonder,near Halebid.

FXCD0094If you wish to explore the 12th Century Indian architectural marvel,you must visit Belur,Helebid and Shravanbelagola..in Karnataka!

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About s.rajah iyer

An MBA.. Interested in writing,Reading..Indian Philosophy
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