Belur,  a town located in the state of Karnataka in southern India, is home to the Chennakeshava Temple which was built in the 12th century CE. The temple was commissioned by King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire in 1117 CE.  The temple building follows the Hoysala architecture style developed under the rule of the Hoysala Empire between the 11th and 14th centuries CE.


Hoysala Emblem  The emblem of the Hoysala dynasty depicts the fight between the mythical warrior Sala and a tiger. The symbol signifies the victory of King Vishnuvardhana over the rival kingdom of Cholas of Talakad; the tiger being the emblem of the Cholas.

Belur Sclpture 1

Lakshminarayana  Sculpture of the Hindu God Vishnu and his consort Goddess Lakshmi sittings on his lap.

Belur Sclpture 2

Goddess Parvathi  Goddess Parvati, the divine consort of Lord Siva is depicted in a dance pose.

Belur Sclpture 5

Lord Shiva  Sculpture of the Lord Shiva holding a trident, sword, drum and other weapons. Also in the sculpture is depicted Shiva’s vehicle, Nandi the bull.

Belur Sclpture 4

Vishnu  In this sculpture Vishnu is depicted to holds a padma (lotus flower) in his lower right hand,  the Panchajanya shankha (conch) in his lower left hand, the Kaumodaki gada (mace) in his upper left hand and the discus weapon considered to be the most powerful weapon according to Hindu mythology, the Sudarshana Chakra in his upper right hand;

Belur Sclpture 3

Shilabalika  A sculpture of a celestial maiden dancing and drumming.

Belur Chenna Keshava Temple Vimana

Vimana  Relief at the shrine wall of the Chennakeshava temple.