The Chennakesava Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in Karnataka, India. This was initially known as the Vijayanarayana temple. It is located on the Yagachi River at Belur. It was once the capital of the Hoysala rulers. The city of Belur is about 40 kilometres from the city of Hassan. Bangalore is about 220 kilometres from Belur. Chennakesava translates to mean the “handsome Kesava”. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in this temple, and Belur has many beautiful temples which were built by the Hoysalas. Halebidu which is close to Belur is a popular tourist destination in Karnataka.
About the temple
The ornate gopurams in the Chennakesava temple are attractive. When one enters the temple, one gets a feel of the grandeur of the Hoysalas. The sacrosanct platform of the temple has a golden horse along with the temple chariot. Lord Vishnu is seen carrying the Garuda at the entrance and faces the temple. The temple structure has exclusive filigree gleams which shine like metal. The sculptures are well proportioned. Soapstone which is light greenish in colour has been used to create the Chennakesava temple. Smaller temples of Ranmaganayaki and Soumyanakithe beloved of Lord Chennakesava lie within the temple premises. One gets to see temples of Anjaneya and Narasimha from here.
The Temple was a part of the Hoysala Dynasty architecture. The facade of the temple is filled with sculptures and fit without a blank portion. Rayagopura was constructed under the Vijayanagar Empire. The Hoyasala Pillars are among the more interesting sight inside the complex. The temples of Soumyanayaki and the Ranganayaki temple and of Chennakesava, cover the primary temple. There are 48 pillars in different shapes, sizes, and designs. Carrying a great indication to amazing artistry. The major attraction in this temple is the Darpana Sundari. The pillars can be seen even in darkness. The most famous thing in the building is the Narasimha pillar in the holy Navaranga also exceptional in its amazing splendor. It is believed that it was ball bearings great once. The dancer, Shantaladevi constructed a holy temple in same style to the chief temple, which was used to call the holy Channigaraya temple. The whole building with its complicated filigree shines just like bright metal. The chlorite Schist, one of the mild greenish soapstone is hard just like granite, which was earlier used to make this building.
About the deity
The temple building of the Chennakesava Temple is placed in the centre. It faces the East and is edged by the holy Kappe Channigaraya temple. A Lakshmi temple is situated on its right. In the Chennakesava Temple, the daily holy pujas are performed regularly.
Hoysala ruler Shri Vishnuvardhana develops this Chennakesava Temple in the year of 1117. There are distinctive finishes of history specialists about the why Vishnuvardhana began to fabricate this sanctuary. On the other hand, the fight accomplishment of King Vishnuvardhana appears an immaculate reason. Couple of analysts trust that Vishnuvardhana uncommonly made this antiquated sanctuary to acclaim his ruler, the Chalukya Empire of west part, which was administering from the range of Basavakalyan.After his fight achievement, lord Vishnuvardhana praised his extraordinary triumph against eminent Cholas from Tamil rule in the fierce skirmish of famous Talakad. Thus, the King Vishnuvardhana attached the zone of Gangavadi (now south Karnataka). On the other hand, there is another imperative focuses that clarifies that when Vishnuvardhana changed over himself from Jainism religion to Vaishnavism religion. Pondering this point, the development of Vaisnava sanctuary appears to be sensible. The colossal Hoysalas procured numerous extraordinary engineers and in addition make men who imagined another style of compositional custom that is currently called by a few specialists the convention of Karnataka Dravida.The sanctuary has around 118 engravings encompassing the sanctuary structures, which was done amid the season of 1117 to eighteen century. These engravings give data about the architectures utilized who made this sanctuary These inscriptions give information about the architectures employed who made this temple excellent.Likewise two imperative holy places here that still in great condition and enthusiasts utilization.
Darshan timings: 7.30AM to 13.00PM and 14.30AM to 19.30PM
Most of the devotees who visit this temple seek fame, wealth, courage and freedom from diseases. The temple is also renowned for obtaining relief from adverse effects of planetary positions.
Seva Details of Sri Chennakeshava Temple
2.Thulsi sahasra nama
3.Coconut seva & Mangalarathi
4.Holy Coconut Seva
5.Hannu Thuppa Seva
9.Mula devara Abhishek
10.Usthava murthi Abhishek (Swamy Sri Sowmyanayaki Ammanavara Sannidhi)
12.Kumkuma sahasthra Nama
14.Ammanavara Abhisheka (Usthava Murthy)
18.Alaya Shudda Mantapa
20.Bhyke & Riksha Pooja
21.Bus & Lori Pooja
Sri Ganapathi Sannidhi
25.Sankasta Chouthi Pooje Prasadha seva
26.Nimbhehannina Chithranna Seva
Festivals & Usthava in Temple
Kere Mantapadi seve
Prabha Sametha Belli garudothsava
Hoovina addapallkki uthsava
Yaaga Shale Pravesha
Kesari mantapadi seve
Sandhana seve Avamrutha
Best time to visit
Belur with its moderate climate that has neither too much high temperature in the mid year, nor gnawing cool in the winters always offers pleasant environment. The summer season in Belur begins from the month of March and keeps going till June, with the maximum temperature being around 39°C . The winter season begins from November and keeps going till February and is the best time to visit the city of Belur.
Nearby Places to Visit
Currently, the Bangalore International Airport is the nearest. Proceeding by road is advisable. The nearest Railway junction is at Hassan. Belur is 40 kilometers from Hassan and 220 km from the city Bangalore by road.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 2.30 PM to 7.30 PM