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The Chennakesava Temple

 

From Wikipedia, The Chennakesava Temple (Kannada:ಶ್ರೀ ಚೆನ್ನಕೇಶವ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ) originally called Vijayanarayana Temple(Kannada: ವಿಜಯನಾರಾಯಣ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ) was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, an early capital of the Hoysala Empire. Belur is 40 km from Hassan city and 220 km from Bangalore, in Hassan district of Karnataka state, India. Chennakesava means "handsome Kesava". Belur is well-known for its marvelous temples built during the rule of Hoysala dynasty. Belur along with near by Halebidu is also one of the most favored tourist destinations in Karnataka. Belur is an important Vaishnava pilgrim centre. Visitors are often humbled by the beauty of the sculptures that are present here which are popular with Hoysala architecture and craftsmanship.

 

 

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Taken on April 7, 2008