#ChennaKeshava temple, Belur is an enviable piece of temple architecture of the mighty HOYSALAS. Commisioned by Vishnuvardhan in 1117 CE built over a century. Dedicated to Vishnu, it literally means handsome or beautiful #Keshva !
Surrounded by minor shrines & temples.
#ChennaKeshava, the main temple facing the Gopuram is 178 by 158 feet on a platform or #Jagati about 3 ft high.
Gopuram is a later addition of 17 ce in its present form.
#Shalabhanjikas or Shilabalika on the eaves of the temple are an absolute marvel. These are feminine figures holding a tree branch. Literally means "breaking Saal tree branch".
38 of the 40 have survived. The details are amazing.
A very interesting temple of #Andal or Gogadevi, the only Female ALVAR among the 12 Alvars or Vaishnava saints is part of the ChennaKeshava temple.
14 CE statue of Andal at Los Angeles Museum.
#Mohini, the female form of Vishnu in a beautiful rendition in black granite is treat to watch in ChennaKeshava.
The ornate pillars of the Mantapa or mandapa are extraordinary, what machine can do what Hoyasala artists could in 11 CE. Incredible.
#GarbhGrihya entrance is flanked by Dvarpalas, Jaya & Vijaya.
Mythical #Makars on the lintel are perhaps the most beautiful carvings.
Shiva as #GajasurSamhara, slayer of Gaja demon.
#Garuda Stambh, depicting Garuda, ride pf Vishnu.
The details of the statutes are amazing.
#ChennaKeshava or Vishnu in all his splendor in GarbhGrihya at Belur.
#Keshava, in Krishna avatar in black granite.
#Narasimha, another of Dashavatars in stone.
Hoyasala statutes are probably the best...
Probably 🤗
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