Monday, March 7, 2011

Mysore and around Part 8 Belur

Date of Visit : 11-Feb-11

Belur, built in 1116 AD, boasts of the spectacular Chennakeshava temple which is believed to have taken over 103 years to build.! Belur & Halebidu truly present some of the best and most refined Hindu art and architecture.I read from the internet that " each of the 42 ''madanikas'' or celestial dancers carved here are believed to have been inspired by Hoysala Queen Shantala Devi, the epitome of beauty. Such was the wizardry of the Hoysala sculptors that the earrings on the lobes of the dancers rotate and water-droplets appear to be clinging to their hair".

Other interesting links Wikipedia  & Wiki Travel

Let me not constrain your imagination by my mundane description.. Make your own judgement of this yet another Hoysala master piece....You are sure to get enchanted with this temple , when you visit it next and till then....enjoy these pictures...!

Spacious walk-about provides an excellent ambiance..

Are these Gold?

He was in a very happy conversation with someone..!

One can ever be sitting here admiring the beauty of this temple..

Complete set of PHOTOS (Warning ..150+ !)

VIDEOS ( Warning 7 Videos...a little patience pays rich dividend..!)

Musical Slide Show of PHOTOS

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  1. Father of all Hoysala Temples . Beauty of this place can never get out of these eyes .

  2. ha..ha..! Who are the children?(lol). Thanks TGS

  3. There are at least 110 children . Have written about 10 , have seen around 25 .

  4. Fantastic post as always, Sridharan! And, as always, your photos are breathtaking. Such a great temple! Thank you for sharing the beauty and history with us!


  5. It's always pleasant to visit your page !
    Your photos are incredibly beautiful, I like this magnificent architecture and some colors ... Really beautiful ! :))


  6. Looking forward to seeing all the children through your posts TGS!

  7. Thanks Sylvia for stopping by and commenting with kind words!

  8. Thanks Mahon for your wonderful words. I want you to know that the feeling is mutual!

  9. Wonderful captures, very well presented in video format.

  10. beautiful shots
    like the closeups

  11. Thanks Indrani.. though videos take time to view,I still post them because people who are planning to visit such places would find them useful. I used to relish such videos before venturing into visiting places. Glad you viewed them and liked.

  12. Thanks sm for your kind words!

  13. Well captured Sridharan, the hoysala heritage was spread throughout south india. I believe soon you will be exhausing 1 GB space, i started deleting photographs unless it is compressed. Lolz

  14. Thanks Deguide..Hoysala architecture is incredible indeed that is worth exhausting many a GBs (lol)!


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