Chenna Keshava Temple

Dr MPG Kurup former Executive Director National Dairy Development Board

India : Art , History , Culture , Architecture , Vedic India

Art , Architecture , Culture

Chennakeshava Temple , Belur , located on the Banks of rivulet Yogachi , a tributary of River Hemavathi.

This Temple is considered the shining jewel of Hoysala Temples , is in Belur Taluk , Hassan District , Karnataka State .

The Temple is famous for its architecture (Hoysala-Dravidian ) , art work , scriptures carved on the granite walls and exquite granite sculptures !

Built by King Vishnuvardhana : in 1117 , it took 103 years by several generations of hoysala kings to complete : the temple structure as well as the art work .

Hoysala empire built some 1500 Temples /mostly Hindu , but also several Jain Temples too !

Hoysala Empire ruled most of what is now the state of Karnataka : the empire flourished for some four centuries (10th to 14th century AD ) , was always subordinate to western Chalukya empire and finally merged in Vijaya Nagara Empire.