Friday, February 19, 2016

Hoysala Temples 8: Chennakesava Temple, Belur. Part 1

Date: 13th Feb 2016

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh.

Timing: 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

Fee: None for entry. Rs300 for Guide. Rs20 for camera inside the temple. Rs10 for shoe keeping.

Main Deity: Lord Vishnu.

After visiting Lakshminarashimha temple in Javagal we drove to Belur. We reached there little after lunch time. We checked in to Hotel Mayura and rested for couple of hours.

We planned the trip in a way that we will be at either Belur or Halebidu during sunset. The temple was just 500m from the hotel so we decided to walk instead of taking the car again. We reached there at 5 PM and took a guide to show us around the temple. The guided tour got over and we were on our own when the sun started setting down behind the temple. The clouds were painted orange and the site was pretty.

I can not cover the temple of this beauty in one post. I tried to break it down into multiple sections. This post will cover mainly the bigger structures in the temple.

Some pics of the temple structures.

The Rajagopuram. This is unlike of the hoysala temples. The structure was not part of the original plan and was added later.

The view of the Rajagopuram and the gravity pillar.

View of Rajagopuram, Flagstaff and the gravity pillar.

The tall pillar that stands without any foundation.

Sunset .

Side view of the Chennakesava temple.

Front view of the temple.

Sunset behind the Andal temple.

Kappe Chennigaraya temple.

Sunset behind Soumyanayaki temple.

They were happy i remembered to click their pic too ;)

A memorable evening at one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen.

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