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    Best time to Visit Belur: Whole Year

    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage

    Duration(days) : 1 Days

    Description

    Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire; and this ancient historic city is famous around the globle for its beautiful rock carvings.

    The twin city of Belur - Halebeedu is at a distance of 16 kms, and both of these ancient cities are major tourist destinations in Karnataka. 


    The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple complex
    The temple complex consists of:
    •  Chennakeshava Temple
    •  Kappe Chennigaraya temple 
    •  Pushkarni or stepped well


    The temple complex is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It was built by king Vishnuvardhana in commemoration of his victory over the Cholas at Talakad in 1117 CE. 
    Legend has it that it took 103 years to complete this structure. 
    The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures of elephants, lions, horses, episodes from the Indian mythological epics, and sensuous dancers (Shilabalikas). 
    Darpana Sundari (Lady with the mirror) carved on walls of Belur Temple is one of major attractions in the complex.


    Belur, Halebeedu and Shravanabelagola forms the Golden Triangle of Karnataka tourism.


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    Chennakeshava Temple

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    Chennakeshava Temple is the main attraction of Belur. It was originally called Vijayanarayana Temple. It was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD. It is one of the finest examples of Hoysala workmanship. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Chennakesava means "handsome Kesava"). It is said that Shantaladevi (queen of Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana) herself danced in front of the main shrine during its installation and her dance inspired the poses of the statues carved on the temple walls.
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      Kappe Chennigaraya Temple

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      Kappe Chennigaraya temple built by queen Shantaladevi. It is a small shrine is located south of the main sanctum of the Chenna Kesava temple. Kappe means frog in local language. According to legends, when the main sculptor - Jakanachri was sculpting the temple, his son, Danakanachri, came and told him that the stone was defective. Jakanachri didn’t recognize his son and said to him that he would cut his own hand if the stone turned out to be defective. To test the stone he then smeared sandalwood paste over his carving. After it dried, a portion of the carving stayed moist, some water, sand and a frog came out it. Jakanachri cut his own hand before his son could stop him. And the thus the temple got its name as Frog Temple.
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        Other attractions

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        Other attractions in Belur temple complex are: Pushkarni or stepped well, the Karthika Deepotsava Stambha, Veeranarayana Temple
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          Halebeedu

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          Halebeedu is the twin city of Belur. It is also famous for the temples built during Hoysala period.
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            By Air
            The nearest airport is at Mangalore (150 kms).

             

            By Train
            The nearest railhead near Belur is at Chickmagaluru (22 km), Hassan (32 km) 

             

            By Road
            Belur has good road connectivity. Regular buses ply from neighboring cities.
            Here are some important distances to note from Belur.
            Halebeedu (23 km)
            Chickmagaluru (25 km)
            Hassan (39 km)
            Shravanabelagola (92 km)
            Coorg (131 km)
            Mangalore (153 km)
            Bengaluru (222 km)
            Mysore (155 km)