Chennakesava Temple Overview

A fantastic model of the Hoysala architecture, the Chennakaseva Temple is an architectural marvel, built in the 12th century. Despite its grand history and popularity, this little wonder of Belur remains one of the lesser-visited sites in Karnataka.

The temple features a beautiful stepwell (Pushkarani), right near the entrance. This well was used in the olden days for taking a bath before offering prayers and other rituals, as was customary at the time. A 42-meter high pillar called the Gravity Pillar has also been installed in the middle of the courtyard.

Not an ordinary pillar, this one does not have a foundation, implying that it stands by itself! This pillar is a testament to the marvellous design and architecture skills of the Hoysala. The temple is adorned with amazingly intricate carvings depicting scenes from the Mahabharata and Rayamana. You don’t want to miss that.

Distance from Belur: 850 m

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