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“Architectural Treasure”

Chennakesava Temple
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Belur
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Superb, Amazing and Intriguing. A visit to this temple is a must for all those who love works on stones and those who like to hear a bit more about the history of this country. The carvings so detailed and exquisite just will suck you in. If it is possible just hire a guide to to understand the history behind each sculpted feature. Though a parts of it might be cooked up but they really add to the beauty of the sculptures. Just a look at one of them will tell you how much effort would have gone and put into creating the complete temple. Have a read about the Hoysala architecture before going for a visit as it helps in better understanding of the stories associated with the temple complex. Avoid visiting mid day when the sun is high as the temple completely is made up of stone and it hurts to walk on really hot stone (if somehow scheduled in afternoons carry pair of two socks it might be of some relief). Keep the visits to mornings or evenings when its still bearable. Do carry some food options with you, as the hotels here are very scarce and may not be of your liking.
A visit to this Temple is a must to understand and really appreciate the level of work and the craftsmanship the Indians were capable back in those days. Do visit the Halebidu Temples also nearby.

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Reviewed 8 May 2014

The place is serene, huge and dotted with great monuments highlighting our ancestral marvel. I have decided i will come back and study every bit of this temple, as literally every single stone is a great master piece. The roof of the chenna keshava temple is just something I havent seen anywhere else in India.

I have seen Hindus, Muslims and Foreigners visiting. A must visit or you are just missing the grandeur of our past...

Thank SrinivasPBS
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

It is a historical temple of wonderful architecture . The pillars and the inside doom of the temple are good. The sanctum sanctorum is fine. The idol of lord Sri Channakeshava is excellent to see. You can see good lot of school children every day apart from foreign tourists. The visitors are all busy in capturing the sceneries and images carved on the temple walls.
The traffic is always busy sometimes even in the midnight, particularly on holidays.
When you are in India you must make it a point to visit this temple because what you enjoy through your external eyes reaches the inner divine eyes within you. You cannot have this wonderful and unexplainable experience else where in this world.

2  Thank Profvns
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Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

The place is very good. Very minute work on each sculpture. Bus connectivity to this place is not that great. No good hotels are there but the temple is awesome place.

2  Thank Pradeep S
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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...

2  Thank RoopRanjanGhosal
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