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“Words cannot describe this temple.... speechles”

Chennakesava Temple
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Private Tour: Ancient Temples of Belur, Halebid, Shravanabelagola from Bangalore
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Belur
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Words cannot describe this temple.... speechles”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

This temple has been a great work of art... what sculptures, figures... no one will beleive before seeing it... No doubt people from far off places come to belur to visit this temple...

Visited March 2014
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“stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

39 kms from Hassan. Road is in very good condition with some twists and turns and a pleasant drive. The main gopuram is now in repair condition and being decked for the Car festival. The first day (Ankurarpana) happened yesterday and the main deity (Chennakeswara) was fabulously decked.
The figurines, the various yugas, various avatars of Vishnu are a sight to behold. Also there are 48 stambhas within the temple with their own unique structure and shapes. There is a temple for Goddess Lakshmi as well.
On the right side of the temple, there is a long walkway on a slightly higher platform and there you get to see some inscriptions dating back 900 years back on some stone carvings.

Visited April 2014
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“the dancing deities..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

Stone art.. Left, right, front & back.. And its beautiful.. A piece of art that's preserved at very few places in India.. I hear the art much better than Hampi.. Though a few may differ..

Wait around on a crispy sunny day and make your SLR do wonders when little lives are around...

Save very little time for Halebidu and scoot to Chikmaglur for the ghats..

Visited March 2014
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Bengaluru, India
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“Amazing details”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

This temple is built over three generations by Hoysala rulers around 1000 years back. The sculptures have a 3-D characteristics and they represent the sacred and the social both. Stories from Mahabharata and other myths are captured in idols. The inside idol of Chennakesava (Vishnu) is decorated as MOHINI (the form which Vishnu took to destroy the demon Bhasmasur). This is an active temple and worship is done regularly, local people even come for marriage ceremony. The temple is built by soapstone which is easy to carve and becomes hard within months, that probably explains so much detail in construction. There is a prototype of the temple in the premises which is of almost equal size of the temple. Temple has been affected by vandalism in the past, so touching of the walls and other parts is prohibited (which is good). Hiring a guide can be a good idea as they are pretty knowledgeable and improve your understanding of the place.

Visited March 2014
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Bengaluru, India
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“Superb 1117 AD Architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

Its around 250km from Bangalore. With superb road connectivity(with 4-5 tolls)
The temple was built around 1117AD, and still in good condition. Its a Vishnu temple and the minute work on the temple is the appeal for the drive. You can easily visit and return back on the same day. The conditions are hot and can become hotter in summer.

Visited March 2014
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