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Chennakesava Temple Belur in Halebid

·  Summer: March-May (22°C - 40°C)
·  Winter: December-February (10°C - 30°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  October-April

Opening Time: 07:30 a.m.
Closing Time: 08:00 p.m.
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Constructed over the span on more than 100 years between the 12th and 13th centuries, Chennakesava Temple (or Handsome Kesava Temple) is among the brand ambassadors of India’s magnificent art and architecture. Dedicated to Lord Vijayanarayana (one of the many incarnations of Lord Vishnu), the temple portrays the grandeur of Hoysala architecture. Huge courtyards, holy sanctums, navaranga central hall and many other sections of the temple boast of striking sculptures, intricate designs, ornamented pillars and many other fascinating elements.

Built on a raised platform in the shape of a 32 angled-star, the temple has friezes running on the exterior walls as its distinguished feature. These frescos feature elephants, lions, horses, creepers, dancers and female sculptures carved in inimitable designs. Mythological stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and other Hindu epics are also portrayed on these walls.

Sculptures like ‘The Beauty with a Mirror’, ‘The Lady with a Parrot’ and ‘The Huntress’ are unbelievable alluring. Royal Emblem of Hoysala Dynasty and images of Lord Vishnu are other highlights. Inner sanctums of the temple stay closed between 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 01:00 p.m.-03:00 p.m. and 05:00 p.m.-06:15 p.m.

Road: The historical destinations of Belur and Halebid are well-connected to the major cities like Bangalore and Mysore by road. The journey is convenient, whether you board a bus or hire a taxi.

Railway: Hassan Railway Station is about 41 km. from the temple. Regular trains connect the station with many other cities. To reach the temple from the station, one can hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw or board a bus.

Airway: Mysore Airport (about 166 km.), Mangalore International Airport (about 160 km.) and Bangalore Airport (about 242 km.) are conveniently accessible airports from the temple. Taxis can be hired at each of these airports.