Magnificent sculptures of Belur and Halebeedu
Hello guys.. Today I’m sharing with you the most famous historical places of Karnataka, i.e, Belur and Halebeedu. Before explaining about the Historic places let me share my experience of riding to that place.
Joy of Riding
As you know that I love riding the bike to any distance and destination, which made me start Motovlog and Travel vlog. This was also one of the rides like others but this was the best ride in my Bajaj Discover 150S. Though I traveled 510kms in one day in hot weather I could not feel any discomfort. I don’t know why, but it was the best ride.
Left home at 7:30 AM (yes it was too late to start a ride, usually I leave home by 5:30 AM or 6:00 AM) filled petrol at Shell, by the time I reached Nelamangala it was around 8:15 AM I guess. I had too much of energy so I just continuously cruised at 90km/h till yadiyur, probably 100kms from Bangalore. Then took a break in Shanti Sagar for breakfast and continued my journey.. Later I started cruising at 80-90km/h and reached the destination by 11:30AM. Too see the entire journey to Belur please watch my video “My Journey | Ride to Belur and Halebeedu, Hassan, Karnataka | Solo Ride | Part 1“. Else continue reading.
Belur Chennakeshava Temple
As we here the place name “Belur” we remember one thing i.e History. Yes Belur is famous for Historic temple. Belur is a small town located on the banks of River Yagachi, in Hassan district of Karnataka. Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple dedicated to Lord Chennakeshava. Chennakeshava means handsome Vishnu.
The temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It was built by king Vishnuvardhana in commemoration of his victory over the Cholas at Talakad in 1117 CE. So by this time the temple is 800 years old. This temple took 103 years to complete and Vishnuvardhana’s grandson Veera Ballala II completed it. The temple is filled with sculptures and friezes with no portion left blank. The intricate workmanship includes elephants, lions, horses, episodes from the Indian mythological epics, and Shilabalikas. Inside the temple are a number of ornate pillars. Darpana Sundari (Lady with the mirror) carved on walls of Belur Temple is one of the major attractions in the complex.
The Chennakesava Temple is a holy house for sculptures showcasing an innumerable variety of ornaments, the doorways, the ceilings, the birds, the animals, dancers and other figures are fully decorated as if they are full of life and vigor with the variety of actions and movements. The doorways are guarded on either side by the gorgeously decorated dvarapalaka.
This is the bit information of Belur which i know. Please watch the video “Look at the Magnificent sculptures | Belur n Halebeedu | Part 2” for little bit more detail view of Temple.
Halebeedu Hoysaleswara Temple
Halebeedu is located in the same district where Belur is located i.e Hassan. It is just 16kms from belur. So this temple is also just like Belur temple. This temple was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century.
If i talk about history it would be similar to Belur, So its better to watch the video which i have made “Ride to Halebeedu | Belur n Halebeedu | Part3“. In this video i have tried to cover a few things of the temple, so please watch the video and like it. Thank You.
- As i said this was my best ride in Bajaj Discover 150S, because the road was superb.
- No need to worry about travelling because there are frequent buses from Govt of Karnataka.
- Distance to Belur : Bangalore 220 kms, Halebeedu 16 kms, Hassan 40 kms, Mysore 149 kms, Mangalore 124 kms.