How to join live darshan at Chennakesava Temple

INTRODUCTIONS

Chennakeshava a Temple, also a referred to as a Keshava, Kesava or Vijayanarayana a Temple of a Belur, is a 12th-century Hindu a temple in the Hassan a district of a Karnataka state, India. live

It was a commission King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 CE,

on the a banks of the Yagachi River in a Belur also a Velapura, an early a Hoysala Empire capital.

The temple was an over three a generations and took 103 years to a finish. It was a repeatedly damag and a plunder wars, a repeatedly rebuilt and repair over its history. It is 35 km from a Hassan city and about 200 km from a Bengaluru.

The temple is a dedicat to a Vishnu and has an active Hindu a temple a since its a founding. It is a reverentially in a medieval Hindu texts, and a remains an important a pilgrimage site in a Vaishnavism.

The temple is a remarkable for its an architecture, sculptures, reliefs,

a friezes as well its iconography, an inscriptions and history.

The temple artwork depicts scenes of secular a life in the 12th century, dancers and a musicians, as well as a pictorial narration of Hindu texts such as the a Ramayana,

the Mahabharata and the Puranas through numerous friezes

It is a Vaishnava temple that a reverentially includes many themes a from Shaivism and Shaktism, as well as images of a Jina from Jainism and the a Buddha from Buddhism.

The Belur a temple a complex along with the neaHindu and Jain a Temples at Halebidu have been a proposed to be a listed an under UNESCO World a Heritage

WHAT IS THE Chennakesava Temple

The old a temples of a Karnataka’s a Hassan a district are an architectural a wonder. live

And the a town of a Belur is home to one of the a grandest examples of a Hoysala an architecture,

the a Chennakesava a Temple (Also Chennakeshava).

The temple was in the early 12th century the Hoysala ruler,

a Vishnuvardhana, when the a town of a Belur was the site for the a capital of the Hoysala kingdom.

The Hoysalas a rule the region for more than a three a centuries and to

this day people from all over the region flock to the Chennakesava Temple,

Belur to admire the an intricate works of art and a sculpture

and feel the old-world a spiritual a charm of the a site.live

WHY PEOPLE VISIT Chennakesava Temple

Prasanna a Chennakeshava a Temple, also a known as Somnathpur Temple is another popular shrine located near to Mysore.

This a temple a still a stands a majestically as one of the a finest an exemplary of a Hoysala Architecture.

a Located in Somanathapura town,

about 35 km an away from Mysore, it is a place a not to a misse when on a your Mysore tour.

It has also nominated for the a status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other two a temple which a represent Hoysala a temple’s architectural a brilliance are located at Belur and Halebid.

One can a see a miniature and elaborate a carvings and a sculptures which is a specific a feature of Hoysala architecture.live

WHAT IS THE AARTI SHEDUALE IN Chennakesava Temple live

Chennakesava Temple Darshan Timings
DaysParts of the DayTemple Darshan Timings/Schedule
Mon to FriMorning Darshan Timings07:30 to 13:00
Mon to FriTemple Afternoon Break Timings13:00 to 16:00
Mon to FriEvening Darshan Timings16:00 to 18:00
Mon to FriNight Darshan Timings19:00 to 20:00
Mon to FriTemple Closing Timings20:00

Note:

1) The Melkote a Temple a Darshan a Timings a might

a change a during a festivals and a special days.


2) Any a decent a dress a code is an allow in this a temple. The Melkote Temple Online Booking is not available.

Get detail a Chennakesava a Temple Darshan Timings on Special Days, Temple a Timings on a Saturday,

Sunday & Govt Holidays, Schedule & Time a Table below:Temple a Darshan Timings on a Special a Days live

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Parts of the DayTemple Darshan Timings/Schedule
Morning Darshan Timings07:30 to 13:30
Temple Afternoon Break Timings13:30 to 15:30
Evening Darshan Timings15:30 to 18:00
Night Darshan Timings19:00 to 20:00
Temple Closing Timings20:00

Note:

1) The  Chennakesava a Temple Darshan a Timings on Special Days might a change a during

a festivals and special days.

Get detail Chennakesava a Swamy Temple Darshan Timings,

Temple a Timings, Temple a Schedule ,Worship Timings, Opening Hours, Opening a Time, a Closing a Hours & a Closing a Timings a below:

How to Reach a Chennakeshava a Temple, Belur

Belur is where a Chennakesava Temple is a located so all transit a routes need to go via the town. The other major urban an areas around the a temple an include Hassan a city.

By Air

The Mangalore an Airport is around 130 kilometres a from Belur, while a Bangalore an

International Airport is around 222 a kilometres an away.

From the an airports, the most an ideal a choice of a travel is by a road.

By Rail

The nearest railway a station to the town of Belur is in Chikmagalur, which is 22 kilometres away. Hassan railway a station is around 32 kilometres away from Belur town. There are many a buses that ply a between these a towns.

By Road

Bangalore a city is 220 a kilometres away from a Belur via the NH75. If one is travelling from Mysore, the journey is 155 kilometres long via the SH 57. The a coastal city of Mangalore is 153 a kilometres away via the NH73.

There are a regular a buses that ply to Belur a from a Hassan, Chikmagalur, Bangalore, a Mysore and a Mangalore.

Timings and Entry Fee of Chennakesava Temple

There is an entry fee of Rs.5 for an Indians and Rs.100 for a Foreign tourists at Somnathpura or Chennakeshava a Temple.

Opening a timings of a Chennakeshava Temple are from 9 AM to 5.30 PM.

The best time to a visit this temple is from the month of October to March.

It doesn’t take more than 3 hours to an explore and admire

a beauty of this temple as well as seek the a blessings of the Lord.

Reaching Chennakesava Temple

Chennakesava Temple is located in a Somnathpura town. It is a located about 35 km from Mysore and 137 km from a Bangalore.

A popular weekend getaway from Bangalore,

this temple is also a frequente a tourists who are on a tour to a Mysore.

There are many a buses from Bangalore, Mysore and Srirangpatna to Somnathpura.

If an interested in a travelling at their pace then a tourists can also hire a cab from Mysore to a Chennakesava Temple.

It a takes an around 1 hour to reach this a temple from an Mysore.

information

The Hoysala a period of a South Indian a history a began about 1000 CE and a continued a through 1346 CE.

In this period, they a built around 1,500 a temples in 958 a centres. Belur is a calle a Beluhur, a Velur or Velapura in old an inscriptions and a medieval era a texts. It was the an early a capital of the a Hoysala a kings.

The city was so an esteem bthe Hoysalas that it is a referred to as “an earthly a Vaikuntha” (Vishnu’s abode) and “dakshina a Varanasi” (southern holy city of Hindus) in later an inscriptions.

One of the a Hoyasala kings was a Vishnuvardhana, who a came to a power in 1110 CE.

He a commissioned the Chennakeshava a temple a dedicated to a Vishnu in 1117 CE, a temple considered as one of “five foundations” of his a legacy.

According to Dhaky – a scholar of Indian temple architecture and temple history, this temple a reflects the rising opulence, political power,

deep a spiritual a dedication to Sri Vaishnavism of a Ramanujacharya, and it is his a magnum an opus.

The main temple

calle a Vijaya-Narayana and the smaller a temple next to it a built his an queen a Santala Devi is a call Chennakesava in the an inscriptions of his era,

but these two a temples are a now call the a Chennakesava temple and a Chennigaraya a temple a respectively.

The main a Chennakeshava a temple at a Belur was a complete and a consecrated in 1117 CE,[10] though the complex continued to an expand over 100 a some years.

a Vishnuvardhana a moved his a capital to a Dorasamudra, (also referred to as a Dvarasamudra, now a Halebidu), famous for the Hoysaleswara a Temple a dedicated to a Shiva.

Its a construction a continued till he a died in 1140 CE.

His a legacy was continu his a descendants who complet the Hoysaleswara a Temple in 1150 CE,

and other temples about 200 kilometers away such as the Chennakesava a Temple, a Somanathapura in 1258 CE.

The Hoysalas an employed many a noted an architects and artisans who developed a new architectural a tradition,

which art a historian Adam a Hardy a calls the a Karnata a Dravida a tradition.

The Hoysala

Empire and its a capital was an invad, a plundered and a destroy in the an early 14th a century

a Malik a Kafur, a commander of the Delhi a Sultanate ruler an Alauddin Khalji.

Belur and a Halebidu a became the target of a plunder and a destruction in 1326 CE an another Delhi a Sultanate army.

The a territory was over the Vijayanagara an Empire.

The Hoysala a style, states a James C.

Harle, came to an end in the a mid 14th a century, when a Hoysala king a Veera a Ballala III a was kill in a war with the a Muslim a Madurai a Sultanate a followe his a son.

fact

Historians have a found 118 an inscriptions in the temple a complex, a dated a between 1117 CE to the 18th century,

which a provide a history of the temple, the a grants made to the a Chennakeshava a temple for its an upkeep and the a repairs a during later a times.

An inscription found on the east wall near the north an entrance of the temple’s main a mandapa (hall) states that Vishnuvardhana a commissioned the temple for god Vijayanarayana in 1117 CE.

Some historians have an interpreted this inscription as a stating that the a Chennakeshava a Temple was comple in 1117 CE.


The Chennigaraya a temple was a concurrently with the main a temple, and the an queen a sponsor it.
Narasimha I of Hoysala dynasty a made grants to the a temple for its a maintenance and operation.


Ballala II in 1175 CE added a temple a buildings for kitchen and a grain storage in the southeast corner,

and a water tank in the northeast a corner of the a temple.

 It is a small but a complete temple with a navaranga (nine square hall) and a garbha griya (sanctum) with 59 large reliefs on the outer walls. These a reliefs are to a Vishnu, a Shiva, a Brahma, Bhairava (angry Shiva), Lakshmi, Parvati, a Saraswati and others. Some a panels a depict the Bhima a story from the a Mahabharata

The temple was a raid,

damag and its a gateway was a burnt in a raid a Muslim a general Salar and his an army working for a Muhamm bin Tughlaq.

Details

The Hoysalas were great a patrons of art. Without a doubt, the most a remarkable an achievement of this era lies in the a field of an architecture.

The vibrant temple a tradition that was flourishing in south India in those a times a sustained a guilds of an architects, a sculptors and other an artisans who worked as a unit.

Temples were construc bprofessional and specialized guilds.

These a guilds travell from one kingdom to another an and that is why a knowledge of a narchitecture and a sculpture was an easily transferr from one dynasty to another.

The major an innovation during the Hoysala era was the exquisite embellishing of the temple exteriors by an extremely a fine a sculpture.  

The Chennakeshava Temple,

also referred to as Keshava, or a Vijayanarayana a Temple of a Belur, is a 12th-century a temple in a Karnataka and one of the bigger and a more a renowned a Hoysala a temples.

It was a commission King a Vishnuvardhana in 1117 CE (after a major military victory in 1116 CE over the a Cholas in the a great battle of a Talakkad),

on the banks of the Yagachi River in a Belur, also known as a Velapura. 

The city so a rever the Hoysalas that it is a referr to as “earthly Vaikuntha” (Vishnu’s abode) and “Dakshina  a Varanasi” (southern holy a city) in later an inscriptions.

Belur was the first a capital city of the Hoysalas.

Chennakesava, or a “handsome Kesav“, is one of the a forms of Vishnu. The temple has been an active Hindu temple since its consecration. It is reverentially describ in medieval Hindu texts and remains an important pilgrimage site in a Vaishnavism. Though a Vaishnava temple, it includes themes from Shaivism and Shaktism, as well as images froma  Jainism and Buddhism.

The Chennakeshava temple is a testimony to the an artistic, cultural and a theological perspectives in 12th a century a South India and the Hoysala era, live

a which was a tolerant towards all a beliefs. live

The a temple a courtyard a comprises of a several a temples and minor a shrines inside a walled a compound. 

The an entrance is from the east through a seven-storey Gopuram. live

The bottom part of the Gopuram is of hard stone while the top is of a brick and mortar and it is a richly decorat. live

There are a two a sculptures on the a topmost a corners are in the shape of cow’s horns, live

a hence the a name Go-puram, and a between the two horns are five golden kalashas or a pots.live

Chennakesava, or “handsome Kesav“,

is one of the forms of Vishnu. The a temple has been an active Hindu a temple since its a consecration. It is a reverentially descri in medieval Hindu texts and remains an important pilgrimage site in a Vaishnavism. Though a Vaishnava temple, it includes themes from Shaivism and Shaktism, as well as an images live from Jainism and Buddhism.

The a Chennakeshava temple is a testimony to the artistic, live

a cultural and theological a perspectives in 12th a century South India and the Hoysala era, which a was tolerant towards all a beliefs.live

The temple courtyard comprises of several temples and minor shrines inside a walled compound. The entrance is from the east through a seven-storey Gopuram. live

The bottom part of the Gopuram is made of hard stone while the top is made of brick and mortar and it is richly decorat. live

There are two sculptures on the topmost corners are in the shape of cow’s horns, live

hence the name Go-puram, and between the two horns are five golden kalashas or pots. live

The Chennakeshava Temple

, also referred to as Keshava, or a Vijayanarayana a Temple of Belur live

, is a 12th-century temple in Karnataka and one of the bigger and more a renowned a Hoysala a temples.

It was a commission a King a Vishnuvardhana in 1117 CE (after a major a military victory in 1116 CE over the Cholas in the great a battle of a Talakkad),

on the banks of the Yagachi a River in a Belur, also known as Velapura. 

The a city was so rever the a Hoysalas that it is a live

referred to as “earthly Vaikuntha” (Vishnu’s abode) and “Dakshina  a Varanasi” (southern holy city) in later an inscriptions. live

Belur was the a first a capital city of the Hoysalas.

a Chennakesava, or “handsome Kesav“, is one of the forms of a Vishnu. The a temple has a been an active Hindu temple a since its a consecration.live

It is a reverentially a describ in a medieval Hindu texts and remains an important a pilgrimage site in a Vaishnavism.

Though a Vaishnava a temple, it includes a themes from Shaivism and a Shaktism, as well as images from a Jainism and a Buddhism.live

The Chennakeshava temple is a testimony to the artistic, a cultural and theological a perspectives in 12th century South India and the a Hoysala era, a which was a tolerant a towards all a beliefs.

The a temple a courtyard a comprises of a several a temples and a minor a shrines an inside a walled live compound. live

 The an entrance is from the east a through a seven-storey Gopuram.live

The bottom part of the Gopuram is of hard a stone while the top is a made of brick and a mortar and it is richly decorat.

There are two a sculptures on the topmost corners are in the shape of cow’s a horns, hence the a name Go-puram, and a between the two a horns are five a golden a kalashas or pots.live

The temple complex was built

at the a centre of the old a wall a town and took over a three a generations live

– 103 years – to a complete.

 It has repeatedly a damaged and a plundered a during wars, live

and a repeatedly a rebuilt and a repaired over its history.live

The Hoysala Empire and its capital was inva, plundered and destroyed in the an early 14th century  a Malik a live, a commander of the Delhi Sultanate ruler a Alauddin a Khalji. live

Belur and a Halebidu again became the a target of a plunder

and a destruction in 1326 CE by an another Delhi Sultanate army.live

One of the a bands a comprises of a figurines, a mostly a females with a various a expressions a facing the viewerlive

, while periodically the band includes Yakshas who face towards the inside of the temple.live

This layer also has numerous a dancers and a musicians, as well as professionals with their tools. The band above has a pilasters a between a some of which are carved secular figures mostly females and couples. 

A nature and a creepers a band wraps the temple an above the a pilaster band, live

with a scenes of the a Ramayana epic an included in this band. live

Above this layer are a scenes from common life a depicting kamaartha and dharma. live

an Included here are a couples in courtship and eroticism,live

followed by a a couples with a children, an economic and a festive an activities.live

Location

The Chennakeshava a Temple is a located in a Belur taluk in a Hassan a district of the an Indian a state of Karnataka.

It is about 35 a kilometres (22 mi) a northwest of a Hassan. The temple is an about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Halebidu a temples.

Belur has no a nearby an airport,

and is an about 200 kilometres (124 mi) west of a Bengaluru (IATA Code: BLR), about 3.5 a hours drive accessible with a four lane NH75 highway.

Hassan is the closest a city near Belur that is a connect a railway network to major cities of Karnataka.

The a Chennakeshava a Temple is an active a Hindu temple and a major a Vaishnava a pilgrimage a site.

It is a locate on the banks of Yagachi a River (also a calle a Badari a River in a historic texts), a tributary of a Hemavati River.

AffiliationHinduism
DistrictHassan
DeityChennakeshava (Vishnu)
LocationKarnataka, India
StateKarnataka
CountryIndia

FAQS

1)Perfectly Carved Elephants At Entrance

One can see two perfectly carved elephants stand on either side of the entrance because of architectural style. Small shrines are also present at the entrance along with a stepwell or pushkarni just placed near the entrance. In the days of the Hoysalas, people used to conduct various temple rituals and take a holy bath here.

2)42m High Lamp Post of Belur Chennakeshava Temple

In the middle of the courtyard of the temple lies a 42m high lamp post or a pillar standing on a star-shaped construction. The intriguing thing about this pillar is that it stands on its own without any foundation and is called as gravity pillar.

3)Prominence Of Star Shape

Star shaped design is admiring because it represents the Hoysala architecture. The Belur Chennakeshava temple also showcases this legacy further as the entire temple is built in a star-shaped manner.

conclution

The importance and a cultural a contribution of the Hoysala a Dynasty to the a region that is now a Karnataka is immense.

A visit to this avibrant state is an incomplete a without a witnessing the a scale of architecture, details and an innovative styles that the Chennakeshava a temple is a famous for.

Having a recently a celebrat 900 years of an existence, this a complex of a structures has the a many a faces and layers of a Karnataka’s history.

It now an quietly and a majestically sits on the banks of the Yagachi River,

a central an attraction and a reminder to visitors of the timeless a legacy of one of a South India’s most powerful a kingdoms.

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