That has been beautifully sculpted here. They include Shiva dancing on a demon (Andhakasura), a dancing Kali, a seated Ganesha, a pair of Lord Vishnu in his Vamana avatar with his umbrella, Ravana shaking Mt Kailash, Durga slaying a buffalo demon (Mahishasura Mardini), striking Brahma, Varaha avatar of Vishnu. It uses to be a sanctuary for sages, providing shelters to the travelers passing by. Guides in the temple believe, that it was left blank intentionally, to challenge the future generation of sculptures. It was built by the Hoysala king in Belur himself but wanted a style that was foreign to the land. I think these sculptures are just showing off to the gods what they can create with the stones. Here, you can find sculptures related to Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Jainism, and the artwork belonging to Shaktism as well. After his spiritual enlightenment, he went on war and had a huge victory over Cholas in the war of Talakadu. They greet you at the doorsteps of Chennakesava temple, reminding you to get rid of such desires if you want to meet the Parmatma. Don’t be in such a hurry to climb those steps to enter the main temple. Jul 26, 2012 - Explore www.menq.am's photos on Flickr. Temple was built in 12th Century by the King Vishnu Vardhana from Hoysala dynasty. But after a while, they could not match the brut ferocity of Malik Kafur. Image du herbe, histoire, construction - 105854541 It’s a beautiful heritage temple, our ancestors have gifted this to us. Hoysala architecture 1. . Chickmagalur town, Chennakeasava Temple is a 12th century temple with wonderful and well maintained architecture. On the base layer, there are hundreds of -one feet elephants. She has shown wearing a sacred thread- A Janeu, underlining the equality in ancient India, where women had equal rights as men. To celebrate his victory over the Chola dynasty, he and his beloved queen Santala Devi started the construction of the temple. His grandson, Veerballala II added many sculptures to it, later on, completing this masterpiece.After the invasion of Malik Kafur, Belur was decimated to the ground. Anybody will love reading this blog. Free WordPress Theme designed by Gavick.com. These two doormen of Kesava are loaded with such a finest jewelry that I have not seen before. In the first step, he occupied the entire heaven. www.menq.am has uploaded 143 photos to Flickr. A careful look at the mountain will reveal the tiny details of the sculpture. They were much more than just places of worship. He has a powerful snout and bore fangs coming out of them. Narsimha pillar portrays the idea of heaven with several floors. Once, a gigantic lion attacked his Ashram while he was teaching. Architecture; Type: Hoysala architecture: Creator: Somanatha Dandanayaka: Completed: 1258: The Chennakesava Temple, also referred to as Chennakeshava Temple, Keshava Temple or Kesava Temple, is a Vaishnava Hindu temple on the banks of River Kaveri at Somanathapura, Karnataka, India. Leaving the lusty desires outside the temple, you enter the structure. You can see, earth, in the form of Bhu devil, sitting on the strong shoulders of twelve handed Varaha. Drive 200 KMs towards Hassan, on MH75, and then take the right turn to reach Belur. Here, Vishnu is ready to take his second step. The temple took 103 years to build, but bad behaviour of some visitors is destroying the statues due to insensitive actions. They have been built with great technical intricacies. The lord of the rains and prosperity. This makes the interior dark and mysterious. It was previously the capital of the Hoysala rulers. In fist, they have shown Bhima is getting trapped in the trunk of the elephant named Supratika of Bhagadatta. If you look carefully, you will see fish, crocodiles, and turtles swimming in the river. Then, you will find yourself in front of the main temple, elevated on a star-shaped platform. Residents of Gokul are praising Krishna for saving them from the wrath of Indra. Now, comes the best part of the temple. The temple was consecrated in 1258 CE by Somanatha Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala King … The main temple is surrounded by several mini shrines, a well-built water tank, one ceremonial hall, one giant gravity pillar, a granary, and roofed corridors with stone pillars running across the fence wall. The Gopuram and the wall you are seeing are built in 1397 AD by Vijaynagar kings. But if we look at the northern side of Karnataka and northern India, it is not that new. There is also a cult-image of Vishnu in the cella, an incredibly large one with the clockwise wheel, a lotus, and a conch. Bettideva initially was following Jainism. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. First, I went there with the KSTDC tour and since then, I have been there at least four times, but yet, I have not seen the entire temple complex with satisfaction. If you are here with me till now, you know, that this idol belongs to Vishnu. No cementing material is what so ever anywhere. Number five dominates human life in many ways. Remove your foot ware on a stand and enter through the grand entrance. Sixteen handed Narsimha is holding various celestial weapons along with his beloved conch, mace, disc, and lotus. Belur is 221 kilometers from Bangalore by road. Right above this ancient dance floor, there lies the best roof in the world. For a while, even they tried to stop the Islamic invasion, coming from the north. Thanks, Deepti. There are four mini temples on each side of these steps. Parikrama path around the deity is decorated here, with the highest degree of imagination, devotion, and artistic vision. The sculpture has brilliantly carved the facial expressions, hairstyles, and body language of the queen here.There are a total of 42 of these gorgeous women, spread across the entire temple. According to historical evidence, Vishuvardhana, the Hoysala ruler in the early 12th century built the temple. Considering the time and place, Chennakesava is unique. The city of Belur is about 40 kilometres from the city of Hassan. Demon Hiranyakashipu is on the lap of Narsimha. This emblem will be found on stone inscriptions, on the temple walls as well as on the turrets of the temples belonging to the Hoysala dynasty. He also constructed a temple for Lord Vishnu at Thondanur near Mysore. Most intricate design, on the inverted dome, is the silent feature of Hoysala architecture, presented here in the most beautiful manner. These seven horses represent seven days of the week. As per Vedic texts, there are five elements (Panch Bhoota as in earth, water, fire, air, and space), there are five senses (Panchendriyas, as in sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell), five Sacraments (Panchamrut), Five products from Cow (Panch Gavya as in milk, urine, dung, curd, and Ghee), five lamps to be offered to Lord Vishnu (Pancharati), Five Vedas and last but not least, Five Pandavas as well. Situated on the Bangalore Chickmagalur highway, a distance of about 30 kms from Chickmagalur town, Chennakeasava Temple is a 12th century temple with wonderful and well maintained architecture. Keep writing. No two facets of the temples are the same, every evolution of every scroll is different. Once illuminated, you realize, that feeling of being looked was correct indeed. Beneath his feet, you can see Garuda and Prahlada, saluting him, praising him to calm down. These celestial animals are a combination of several ferocious creatures from the animal kingdom. Take time to admire carvings and the history behind them. It’s our responsibility to take this forward. Gau means cow, or holy in Sanskrit. Spectacular Indeed. This design has an appropriate name as Bhuvaneshwari. Taking the advantages of the constant clashes occurring between Chalukyas and Kalachuris in southern India, Hoysala rose to power. The style of the tower was known to be Bumija. Hi Adwait, Such artistic skills and brilliance are hard to be born today and therefore it grabs the attention of millions of travellers from far off continents. Belur, situated on the banks of river Yagachi, 38 km from Hassan, is a world famous tourist destination. Number five has a special place in Vedic religion. Due to the enormous weight of Varaha, the demon’s eyes are bulging out. There are almost 600 sculptures to be found on these walls, out those, 80 are missing. This is evident because if we see the other temples that were commissioned by rich people and rich officials, they are completely different to Chennakesava Temple. Three flight steps add dignity to the entrance, and a circumambulation is an important form of worship inside the temple. Forget the Sistine Chapel from the Vatican, painted by Michelangelo. There is a slanting seat-back with mythological scenes engraved. On the walls of Veer Narayana temple, which is at the backside of Chennakesava temple, you will find this brilliant masterpiece. In the first pic, we can see a man, affectionately holding the hand of a woman, with the head of a donkey. From Bangalore, you can reach Belur in about 3 hours on a good highway. www.menq.am has uploaded 143 photos to Flickr. But, two of them, stand out the most. Two main Sthambha (pillar) exist here. Initially, they were serving the Western Chalukya Dynasty during the early 11th century. The symmetry is just astonishing. Its dark inside, so be careful not to bump into one of these lathe-turned pillars carrying the main temple. Each new temple I see now, I have started to compare it with the Belur temple. Glories of Beluru and Halebeedu, by Dr. Neelkanth Kote, Published by Dr. Neelkanth Kote.3. They were the center of projects like irrigation, land reclamation, and disaster relief, funded by the Kings, queens, merchants, and politicians. Hence, this temple is also called as Vijaya Narayana Temple. Besides Shukracharya, you can see a pot-bellied dwarf named Vamana, holding a long staff.On right, you will see King Bali, pouring the sacred water from the kettle, officiating the giveaway, in front of Vamana. The answer is obvious. He is dancing on the elephant head, while his thin to bone disciples, Gunas, are praising him. You can book these tours here. 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