Astonishing Stone Temple of Channakeshava of Belur


Channakeshava temple is located in Belur, which is 149 kilometers away from Mysore. The breath taking stone temple was constructed in Dravidian style, by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in the year 1117 AD. There are various mode of transportation, which can take you to the temple and one of them is rent a car facility. The travel operators in South India can help you in planning a day trip to his temple.

Every corner of the temple exhibits magnificent carvings of elephants, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and many others. The main tower or the entrance tower of the temple is more than 100 feet tall and has stood steady for more than 1000 years. The temple is made of thousands of cubicles that exhibit Apsaras in different dancing posture. The uniqueness of each and every idol is they all are different from one another.

One of the main attractions of the temple is the sculpture of Shantala Devi who was a famous dancer and is decorated in ornaments. The interior of the temple has many pillars which are exclusively deigned. The point of attraction is the Narsimha pillar that weighs approximately 500 kilograms, can be rotated around its axis. It is astounding to view the best technology for constructing a temple thousands of years ago.

The roof or the ceiling inside the shrine exhibits rich cultural, scientific, and architectural skill of the ancient times. The tour organizers can help you to a hire a guide who can explain the visitors the importance of different form of art used in the construction.  The temple also depicts the love story of King Vishnuvardhana and his queen Shantala who was an expert dancer, musician, a mathematician, and an administrative.

The Hoysala regime ended after Mughal conquered and invaded the region.  Every wall of the temple depicts mythological stories, which include Ramayana, Mahabharata, Upanishads, puranas, and many others.  The temple in total has 48 pillars which are of different sizes, types, designs, and heights.  One of the main attractions of the temple is the sculpture of Darpana Sundari, which is also called as’ The lady with the mirror.’

The stones used in the construction of the temple are one of the finest qualities of granite which glows like metal. The temple is made up of grey stone and builders didn’t use any cement while building the shrine. Instead they used a secret formulae of mixing jiggery, clay, and others for the gluing the stones.  

There are two more shrines that are used by devotees and the Chennakesava temple is located in the centre and Kappe Channigaraya temple is to the left side whereas the Laskhmi temple is its to right. Prayers are offered by the devotees on a daily basis.

One can purchase a sovereign from small shops and stall which are located in and around the temple. There are small hotels and restaurants which serves delicious south Indian food and other food. The best time to visit this place is between October and April where one can stay in hotels, tourist…

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