Monday, June 04, 2007

Belur & Halebidu Trip

A very quick decision and we were all set for the one day trip to Belur & Halebid. The interesting part of the trip was to look back to the history and explored some of the magnificently crafted temples. The guides at those places are very prompt to tell all that you missed in the book :)

Belur is around 230 Kms from Bangalore and since it was a one day trip we spent more than half of the day in traveling but nerveless the trip was well arranged by KSTDC. The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Channakeshava built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 117 A. D.

At the entrance of Channakeshava temple.

Inside view of Channakeshava temple.

Another side view of Channakeshava temple.

Halebidu was the capital of Hoysala. It has one of the finest Hoysala temples. This temple is more like the Belur temple but this is a Siva temple. The guide told us this temple was not completely built though it took more then 190 years and then the story of destruction of the Hoysal Kingdom, something that I found very intresting.

The madap, the fine arts @ Channakeshava temple

On the way to Belur we also visit Shravanabelagola. It is a legendary pilgrim center and shrine of the Jains. The monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali, standing atop on the Vindhyagiri hill is 18 meters high and is the tallest monolithic statue in the world.

Entrance at the hilltop, Shravanabelagola.
*All the Beautiful Photographs Copyright Hello World - Alok, 2007

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