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Belur Wonder Temples Built by Hoysala Kings

The temples and monuments at Belur are indeed the best Hoysala creations, showcasing their amazing architecture and sculptures in full glory. Belur was highly revered for its magnificent shrines and came to be Known as modern vaikunta (heaven) of the earth. Belur, the quaint little town set elegantly on the banks of river Yagachi amidst lush green surrounding was earlier Known as Velapuri. It was chosen as the capital of the Hoysala kings, after the sacking and destruction of their capital at Dwarasamudra (Halebid), by the Delhi Sultans.

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Sculptural Wonders of Chennakesava Temple

  • The first figure is of a lady admiring her beauty in the mirror, held in her left hand.
  • A lady holding folded betel leaves and flanked by maids. A handmaiden to her right carries a vessel filled with water, while the maid to the left is filling a 'syringe'
  • A lady writing to her lover, while the helping maids are standing besides her.
  • A mischievous monkey pulling the saree of a lady and snarling, While she is threatening her with a twig. It is one of the most popular sculpture.
  • A lady aiming her arrow at the bird.
  • A lady is dressing her hair after bath and her attendants are holding flowers and toiletry.
  • A lady performing the most difficult Tribhangi Nritya, involving three poses of the body at the same time.
  • A lady disguised as a saint.
  • A lady playing a drum.
  • A lady playing a flute and the maid is sitting besides her.
  • A singing lady.
  • The sculpture of a beautiful lady is located just before the southern entrance. It also portrays a lizard about to catch a fly sitting on a jack fruit.
  • The series of
  • acket figures continues on the other side of the gateway, Known as “Friday door”, as it as it is opened only on certain days.
  • A lady with violin.
  • A lady arranging her curly hairs with right hand while holding a mirror.
  • A lady plucking a mango from the tree with her right hand.
  • A lady dressed like a hunter and aiming at the birds.
  • The eighteenth figure of the series shows a strange lady dressed up like a man with a beard and a mustache. She is playing on her drum, While two men wearing “monkey caps” are wrestling.
  • The series of the
  • acket figures now resumes on the other side of the shrine.
  • The first figure depicts a lady portrayed as an arch dancer and her maids playing upon the misical instruments.
  • A lady as a songstress with metallic time keepers.
  • A Beautifully dancing lady.
  • A lady holding a spear with a skull at its top.
  • A lady returning after hunting. Her maids are carrying the prey and one maid is removing the throns.
  • Lady practicing dance steps. Her maids are playing on there musical instruments.
  • The interesting figure portraying the Bhasma Mohini Dance story lies by the northern doorway. The unique figure although has its hands and feet in different poses, but they are in a straight line.After the northern entrance the series continues further.
  • The twenty sixth figure shows a frightened beautiful lady shaking a scorpion from the folds of her saree and snarling when she tries to shoo it off.
  • Beautifully dressed lady waiting for her lover.
  • A gypsy girl holding palm leaves.
  • A lady about to relax after her dinner.
  • Nagaveen Dance.
  • A fully dressed and ornamented lady proudly admiring her beauty in a mirror.
  • A gypsy girl predicting future to the world.
  • A lady performing kite dance.
  • The last group of
  • acket figures shows beautiful ladies in in different poses and occupations.
  • A lady showing her hairs tied in to a knot.
  • A beautifully dressed lady ready for a dance performance.
  • A lady sporting beard and mustache is dancing holding a drum in her left hand.
  • A lady singing with the help of time keeper sets.
  • An arch dancer dancing to the tune of her accomplice.
  • There are also hundreds of intricately carved figures projecting out from the ledge, about 2 metres above the ground. The beautifully carved Hoysala emblem, depicting a man fighting a tiger at the three gateways of the temple are noteworthy.
  • The interior of the shrine with ornately carved panels, pillars, ceiling, doorways and
  • ackets figures are considered to be even more attractive compared to the outer walls. The four acket figures in side the shrines depicts-A beautiful lady in conversation with her pet parrot, which sitting on the fore palm of her left hand.
  • A dancing figure of Shantladevi wearing a gem on the head.
  • A lady wearing a number of bangles and performing Gandharva dance.
  • A figure lady portraying kasha Shrungara. She is writing her hairs after the bath.

Address of Belur

Belur town is located in Belur Taluk, Hassan district of Karnataka state, India - 573115.

How to Reach

Belur and Halebeedu are just 17 km away to each other.

  • Distance From: Bengaluru - 210 km, Mangaluru - 153 km, Hassan - 38 km, Shivamogga - 122 km
  • Nearest Airport: Bangalore, Mangalore
  • Nearest Bus Station: Belur
  • Nearest Railway Station: Hassan

Where to Stay

Karnataka Tourism Department runs the hotel 'Mayura Velapuri' near to the temple. For online booking:

Other budget hotels available at Belur and Hassan town posses luxury hotels.

What to Eat

Belur has few small restaurants offer North and South Indian food varieties.

Raagi Mudda, Avarekaalina Saaru, Puliyogare and Sakre Pongal are the local food specials, a tourist can taste.

Things to Take Care

Temple Darshana Timings

  • 07.30 am to 01.00 pm
  • 02.30 pm to 07.30 pm

Visiting Places near Belur

People usually plan to visit Belur & Halebidu temples in one day. Because these two places are near together and same historical and architectural importance.