Situated on the banks of River Yagachi, Belur is a small town. Popularly known as Dakshina Varanasi, the city holds a prime place in Hindu religion. The city is considered as the Banaras of South. The auspicious aura of the city is considered as the salvation provider. Every year a large number of tourists visit Belur to get rid off their sins and to earn a place in heaven after their death.
This former capital of Hoysala Empire was also referred as Velapuri. Located in Hassan district, Belur got the recognition due to its inscriptions that were discovered a long time back. Ruling kings and queens of the place contributed in excess in this city and that is why, now city enjoys popularity and fame. Belur was the first capital of the Hoysala Empire. Later on, the capital was shifted to Halebid and this is the reason both the places got recognized altogether.
Dedicated to Lord 'Chennakeshava'(handsome Vishnu), Chennakeshava temple complex is the main attraction of the city. Built in Dravidian style the temple was developed by King Vishnuvardhana of Hoysala Dynasty. The temple looks magnificent with its about one hundred feet hight and fine architecture. The? complex houses many subsidiary shrines. All of them are alluring. Another attraction located inside the temple complex is its gateway tower. The eye stealer attraction of the complex is the main temple that still looks amazing.
The beautiful pillars remained untouched due to its exclusive art and fine carving. Narasimha Pillar is an example of the fine art work done by artists of bygone era. The carving and the art work leave you speechless.
Madanikas (Bracket Figures)
The four popular bracket figures have been inspired by Shantala Devi. Her voluptuous beauty inspired the artisans to ornate ceiling with such beautiful carvings. Different postures narrate different stories and spell bound the eyes of the visitors with their unmatched work. These are the samples of the imagination of the artisans and their efforts of making them live. Exclusive carvings of? 650 elephants and 38 bracket figures have made it reach the heights of excellence.
Sculpture of Shantala Devi
Sculpture of Shantala Devi, reflects her beauty. Each and every feature, jewellery and even the strand of the hair is clearly carved. This amazing piece of work stands on a smooth circular platform and is placed in front of the main temple. The incredible work done by the artisans grabs the attention and leaves tourists mesmerized.
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