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Carvings at the Chennakesava Temple. The Chennakesava Temple originally called Vijayanarayana Temple was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, an early capital of the Hoysala Empire. Belur is 220 km from Bangalore, in state of Karnataka. Chennakesava literally means "handsome Kesava" and is a form of Hindu God Vishn


Seated Ganesha 12th-13th century Hoysala dynasty Chloritic schist H: 88.6 W: 53.7 D: 33.7 cm Halebid, Karnataka, India

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Travel Guide: A day trip to Somanathapur Chennakeshava Temple

Road Trip to Somanathapur Chennakeshava Temple


It has always been Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. However, what we see in this brilliant, intricate stone carving defies this, and has done that close to a thousand years ago. This picture has Brahma, Shiva and only then, Vishnu. The legend has it that the Hoysalas, great Vaishnavites were so magnanimous and respectful of Shivites that they always put the Shivites ahead of themselves when it came to respect and hospitality. This golden art is in Belur, off Hassan in Karnataka.