Belur - 'Dakshina Varanasi'
Belur also known as the Dakshin Banaras or Southern Banaras is situated on the banks of Yagachi river in the state of Karnataka.This serene place is famous for its exquisite temples, among them the most well known is the magnificent Hoysala Temple Complex.The Chennakeshava temple here was completed in 1116 by Hoysala Vishnuvardhana to commemorate his victory over the Chola.The temple took 103 years to complete. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes-with no portion left blank.
Best Time & Climate
The weather in Belur is pleasant throughout the year. The summers are warm while winters are cool.The best time to visit Belur is between October to April.
How to get there ?
» By Air- Bangalore airport is the nearest to Belur (222 kms) For Belur city guide
» By Rail -Hassan is just 40 kms from Belur. Banavara and Arasikere are also near Belur.
» By Road -Regular buses ply from Bangalore (222 kms), Halebid (16 kms), Hassan (40 kms), Hospet (330 kms), Mangalore (124 kms), Mysore(149 kms) to Belur.
» Chennakesava Temple - The temple is a remarkable work of craftsmanship and the sheer detail of the work is phenomenal.The statues of the princesses and the gods transport one to a bygone era. The giant pillars inside are an example of Hoysala architectural excellence. One of the pillars of the temple actually revolves if pushed. The quiet serenity of the temple is poignant with Belur city guide.
»Shantala Devi -On the smooth circular platform, stands the sculpture of the beautiful Shantala Devi, queen of King Vishnuvardhana. The delicacy and attention to the tiniest details here are extraordinary. Each feature, bangle, strand of hair is carved with care.
» Madanikas (Bracket Figures) - The four famous bracket figures on the ornate ceiling have been inspired by Shantala Devi's beauty. One sculptured beauty communicates with a pet parrot whose tail is peacock-like while another wring water from her long hair. The drops collected on hair-ends are also visible. All the 650 elephants charging on the ornament around the walls outside are different from each other. The 38 Bracket figures on the walls are beautiful, contemplative and amorous women.