Belur

Belur

Flourishing capital of the Hoysala Empire 800 years ago, Belur 35 km south of Hassan is now a small picturesque town rich with its luxuriant tropical scenery. One of the greatest monuments of medieval art in India, the single-celled Chennakesava shrine in a fine state of preservation is the main attraction of this place. Vishnuvardhana, a Hoysala king, constructed this marvel in stone in AD 1116 in an age of when the Cathedrals of Lincoln, wells, Amiens, Rheims and charters were built in Europe. Abdul Razak from Iran in AD 1433 was wonder struck by its sheer beauty and declined to attempt any description. Only its centre of gravity balances a tall stone pillar in the temple courtyard.

Belur General Information

How to get there

By Air
The nearest airport is at Mangalore 154 km and 206 Km from Bangalore

By Rail
Hassan, railway station is 40 km, which connected with Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore.

By Road
Mysore well connected by road
Hassan - 40 km
Bangalore – 222 km
Mysore – 155 km
Halebid- 16 km.
Sravanabelagola – 86 km

Chennakeshava Temple

The main structure, which is star shaped, is a homogeneous architectural unit raised on a platform. Its three doorways facing east, north and south are masterpieces of craftsmanship. The stone image of Chennakesava in the sanctum of this temple and the KappeCheniga Raya idol an adjoining shrine within the same compound, are two of the finest examples of plastic art in medieval India

KappeChennigaraya Temple

The inner structure has some of the most beautiful sculptured images of Durga, Ganesa and Saraswati. The Belur tank is said to have been constructed by the Hoysalas.

Veeranarayana Temple

This temple situated to the west of Chennakesava temple. It has numerous finely carved figures of various Hindu Gods.

Halebid

Halebid is 27 kms North West of Hassan and 17 kms, east of Belur. The temple of Halebid – like those of Belur - hear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka. The Hoysaleswara Temple built by Hoysala rulers in 1121 AD is astounding for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temples are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple – guarded by a Nandi Bull – was never completed, despite 86 years of labour.

Museum

There is a museum on the lawns of the temple with 12-13th century sculptures and the gold coins in use at that time.

Nandi

Out the temple, there is a sculpture of Nandi, The mount of lord shiva, and the hillock where the place stood connected to the temple by a passage.

Kedareshvara Temple

Veeraballala and his consort AbinavaKetala Devi in 1219AD built this small temple.

Jain Bastis, Bastihalli

1 km The Jain Basti temples are contemporaries of the Shiva temple

Belavadi

13 km the home to the famous Trikooto temple

Chatachattajalli

3 km there has a Chatteshvara temple built in 120AD.

Sravanabelagola

51 kms southeast of Hassan, this is one of the most important Jain pilgrim centers. Here is the 17 m high monolith of Lord Bahubali – the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabisheka – a spectacular ceremony held once in 12 years when the 1000 year-old statue is anointed with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and gold coins. The next Mahamastakabisheka will be held in 2005 A.D Sravanabelagola is 150 kms from Bangalore.

Shopping

Belur and Halebid have no major shopping attraction. Small momentos of stone carvings can be purchase