Keshava Temple

The Channakeshava temple, also known as Vijayanarayana shrine in inscriptions is one of the most ornate Hoysala temples. It was built in A.D. 1117 by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana. This temple in east-west orientation, is built over a jagatiandhas a garbhagriha, antarala with sukanasa mahamandapa, and mukhamandap in north, east and south. While the sanctum is stellate, the mahamandapa and mukhamandapas are square in plan. Of the three mukhamandapas, only the eastern one has perforated screens and sculptured panels of royal personalities, a later addition in the time of Narasimha. The adhishthana mouldings have friezes of elephants, lions, horse riders and kirttimukha scrolls, and support the Chaturvimasati forms of Vishnu, Siva as Gajasuramardan Vamana, and Bali, Narasimha slaying Hiranyakashipu, Arjuna aiming at matsya-yantra, Rati and Manmatha. The sanctum has two-storied devakoshthas with images of Narayana, Vasudeva and Madhava. The temple is known for its exuberantly sculptured bracket figures placed in mukhamandapa, mahamandapa and mainly depicts female sculptures known as Madanikas. There are also few other subsidiary structures and shrines.

About Keshava Temple

The Channakeshava temple, also known as Vijayanarayana shrine in inscriptions is one of the most ornate Hoysala temples. It was built in A.D. 1117 by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana. This temple in east-west orientation, is built over a jagatiandhas a garbhagriha, antarala with sukanasa mahamandapa, and mukhamandap in north, east and south. While the sanctum is stellate, the mahamandapa and mukhamandapas are square in plan. Of the three mukhamandapas, only the eastern one has perforated screens and sculptured panels of royal personalities, a later addition in the time of Narasimha. The adhishthana mouldings have friezes of elephants, lions, horse riders and kirttimukha scrolls, and support the Chaturvimasati forms of Vishnu, Siva as Gajasuramardan Vamana, and Bali, Narasimha slaying Hiranyakashipu, Arjuna aiming at matsya-yantra, Rati and Manmatha. The sanctum has two-storied devakoshthas with images of Narayana, Vasudeva and Madhava. The temple is known for its exuberantly sculptured bracket figures placed in mukhamandapa, mahamandapa and mainly depicts female sculptures known as Madanikas. There are also few other subsidiary structures and shrines.

Monument Information

Address

Belur, Karnataka

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport : Bangalore International Airport Bangalore International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station : Hassan Railway Station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Hassan Bus Station

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Avg Rainfall- 806 mm

    Summer : Maximum Temperature: 39°C

    Winter : Minimum Temperature: 10°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : October to March

Facilities available At the Monument

Accommodation near the monument

  • Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation Hotel in Belur and Halebidu

Contact Details

  • Mr. Arun Raj T
  • Phone: 91-080-25537348, 22522532(T-f) 8236252045
  • E-mail: circleban.asi@gmail.com

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 300
₹ 300 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax