Chennakesava Temple, Belur

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Known primarily for its intricate stone carvings, Chennakesava Temple boasts some of the finest monuments of the Hoysala dynasty. Built in the 12th century, the temple stretches out into a complex consisting of several shrines paying homage to different Hindu gods. Every facade features carved decorations narrating various Hoysala-related stories through imagery. The complex's main attraction, a star-shaped temple with intricate embellishment made of greenish soapstone features a famed sculpture of Garuda, the winged consort of the god Vishnu. Plan your visit to Chennakesava Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Belur road trip planning tool.
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  • 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...  more »
  • If you're in/near Chikmaglur, you must visit - Chennakesava temple in Belur, Hoyasala temples in Halebidu and Veeranarayanaswamy temple in Belavadi. All 3 are reasonably close and you can reach each.....  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful. This temple is a architecture marvel in itself. The inner sanctum of the temple is filled with art and stories. Outer walls captured so many of beautiful art work on soap stone. The famous depiction of Shiva, Vishnu and many poses of dancers are on these walls. Do visit this place to appreciate the beauty.
  • Very beautiful temple. A good place to visit for one day trips from Bangalore. You have to remove footwear before going in and it gets difficult to walk around in summer as the floor heats up. So carry socks for some relief. Apart from this the temple is really beautiful with intricate carving

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