Belur Travel Guide

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    Chennakeskava temple
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  • Inside the temple

    Inside, no two pillars in the hall look alike. It has entrances on the east, north and south sides. The ceiling is ornamented with concentric rings with figures. At the center of the hall is a polished stone platform on which the queen Shantaladevi danced in praise of the Lord Chennakeskeva.

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  • Sculptures, gods and goddesses

    And there are the bigger panels with sculptures of gods and goddesses in scenes from the great Indian epics: the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and Bhagwat Purana.

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  • Hindu Deities

    Every inch of the outside walls of the temples and much of the interiors are covered with a variety of Hindu Deities, sages and friezes depicting the life and times of Hoysala rulers. The Hoysala sculptors have done the most marvellous work – unending rows of nearly 650 elephants, horses, lions, birds, warriors

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  • Beautiful statues

    Take a closer view at one of the twin statues guarding the main entrance. A young man is slaying a tiger. Many other miniature models are covering the main wall surface. This temple was dedicated to Vishnu.

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  • Gopuram Dravidian style

    The most striking feature of the Belur main temple Chennakeskava, is its high plinth star-shaped platform on which the edifice has been built. It has also a magnificent gateway tower – Gopuram in Dravidian style

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    The Hoysala temples in Karnataka are very finely carved because they are made of soapstone, which is very soft when it comes out of the ground and hardens on contact with the air. Those of Belur and Halebid, are some of the most magnificent temples in India. The temples with their sculptural details are easily the most outstanding examples of...

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Belur Transportation

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    Road to Belur

    by cadzand Written Feb 19, 2005

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    Belur is 222 km from Bangalore, 149 km from Mysore and 34 km from Hassan (27 km from Halebid). Belur and Halebid are 17 km apart.

    Getting there
    By Road: Bangalore and Mysore are linked by road to Hassan, and regular buses ply from Hassan to Belur..
    By Train: The nearest railhead is Hassan, which is connected to other major junctions such as Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore.

    By Air: The nearest airports are Bangalore (222 km) and Mangalore (194 km).
    The best way to reach Belur and Halebid is to keep Hassan as your base, which offers a host of transport options (including taxis) to travel to the temple towns.

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Belur Local Customs

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    by cadzand Written Feb 21, 2005

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    As in almost every Temple in India, you have to leave your shoes outside. OK, you enter barefoot, please think about it, the ground can be very hot under the sunshine. It can be helpful putting on some pair of old socks.

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Belur What to Pack

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    by cadzand Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Put two or three pairs of old socks into your luggage. As in almost every Temple in India, you have to leave your shoes outside. Its is OK if you enter barefoot ! Please think about it, the ground can be very hot under the sunshine or sometimes dirty . It can be helpful putting on some old socks. No need to tell you this doesn't help by rainfall. I saw some people with kind of protection socks out of an operating room....

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