Saturday, June 7, 2008

A Trip to Belur, South India

After visiting Shravanabelagola, our KSTDC tourist bus headed towards Belur, 90 kms away from there. Belur is well-known for its marvelous temples built during the rule of Hoysala dynasty.





(Gopuram of the Temple)


We reached Belur by 12.30 p.m. and had our lunch at Hotel Mayura Velapuri, a unit of KSTDC, Belur. Then we got back to our bus and after 5 minutes we were at the entrance of the famous Chennakeshava temple. Chennakesava means "handsome Kesava".

Our tourist guide requested us to be together and follow him. He took us inside the temple through the gopuram and reached the main temple. He then explained to us about the history and the architecture of the magnificent temple. For a moment, we stood there mesmerizing the beauty of the temple architecture. It was so much more beautiful than I had read in many travelogues.







(Chenna Keshava Temple)


The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and daily worship still goes on there. This beautiful magnificent temple was commissioned by Hoyasala king Vishnuvardhana during the 12th century, and stands on a star-shaped platform. The facade of the building is intricately carved with sculptures and friezes. Each theme has a story behind it. Some of the striking depictions are Shiva dancing on a demon, dancing Kali, seated Ganesha, and Durga killing the buffalo demon (Mahishasura Mardhini) and many more. The walls of the temple are adorned with friezes of elephants, lions and horses, and sculptures of dancing girls. Inside of the temple is even more richly carved on its panels and pillars. There is a flow to the subject matter, like a story on the stones unveiling before you.The architecture is extremely complex and well maintained in proportion. Any one who has some interest in stone architecture, can enjoy the unusual and amazing beauty of this monument for hours and days together, just by looking at them to understand the imagination of the sculptors what they are trying to say.





(KSTDC Hotel)


By 3.30 p.m. we left there to our next destination Halebid, just 16 kms away, to see another historical monument of Hoysalas.






1 comment:

Cornell said...

Hi, just visited your blog first time, and found it quite interesting. Nice post indeed on Indian Tourism. The Southern part of India makes for a fascinating holiday location. South India Tour Packages usually comprise of visit to Lush hill stations, Sandy beaches, Religious, Heritage & Cultural sights, Ayurveda treatment.