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Chennakesava Temple - Best visiting Place

Chennakesava Temple - Best visiting Place

Chennakeshava temple or Keshava temple is the prime attraction of Somnathpur.The temple was originally referred to as the Vijayanarayana temple. It is situated on the Yagachi River at Belur. It was previously the capital of the Hoysala rulers. The city of Belur is about 40 km from the city of Hassan. Bangalore is about 220 km from Belur. Chennakesava means “handsome Kesava”. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in this temple. Belur has many beautiful temples which were built by the Hoysalas. Halebidu which is close to Belur is a popular tourist destination in Karnataka.
About the Temple:
The temple, built in 1268 by Soma, the commander-in-chief of Hoysala king, Narasimha III, is regarded as a fine example of Hoysala temple architecture. It is a very large temple that is enclosed in the paved compound along with a water tank and a well. The temple has been built in the complete Hoysala architectural style and is famous for the angled bracket figures, Mandanakai. The temple gopuram was constructed during the 14th century and also represents its internal pillars and lintels.The temple, which has three shrines, is dedicated to the three forms of Lord Vishnu- Janardhana, Venugopala and Keshava, among which, the idol of Lord Keshava is missing.All the three shrines of this temple are built on a star-shaped platform and have pointed star-shaped design and towers. It is believed that the temple was constructed at the later Hoysala period as the temple exhibits both upper eaves and lower eaves. The horizontal mouldings or friezes on the walls of the temple are decorated by the detailed sculpted procession of foliage, elephants, yetis, swans and horsemen. The friezes on the south side of the temple depict scenes from Ramayana, the rear side has the stories of Lord Krishna and the northern side has the tales of Mahabharata.This temple is open for people of all castes and communities from morning till late evening.
 

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