Chennakeshava Temple is one of the beautiful ancient temple situated in Belur, Karnataka. This temple was built by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana. Belur was an early Hoysala capital which is now situated in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, India. It is 40 km from Hassan city and 220 km from Bangalore. Chennakesava is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Belur is very near to Halebidu which has another beautiful temple built during the rule of the Hoysala dynasty. These temple complexes have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

How to reach Belur and for other details, please visit our old post about Belur and Halebidu trip

Temple front view:


Belur Chennakesava Temple


Garuda - Belur


Belur chennakesava temple view

Chennakesava temple Video:



Shilabalika in the Chennakesava temple at Belur

Shilabalika Chennakesava temple Belur

Shilabalika at Chennakesava temple Belur

Relief sculpture of the Hindu god Narasimha at the Chennakeshava temple, Belur

God Narasimha Chennakeshava temple, Belur

This temple was build on multiple layers. The first layer was completely made up of a frieze of elephants.

Elephant footer belur temple

Belur chennakesava temple footer

Shiva-Parvathi statue

Shiva Parvathi Statue Belur temple

Some other sculptures :




Inside temple:

Inside belur temple

Belur chennakesava God


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