Channakeshava temple turns 900

  • The Channakeshava temple in Belur — a masterpiece of Hoysala architecture — turned 900 this year. While the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is yet to come up with plans to make it a memorable occasion, the Muzrai Department and Hassan district administration have planned a series of programmes.
  • The temple, constructed by Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty, is a monument recognised by the ASI.
  • It attracts thousands of tourists from different parts of the country and abroad.
  • Considered to be the first temple of Hoysala style, it was built between 1106 and 1117, according to Srivatsa Vati, a historian and an expert in Hoysala architecture.
  • “Soon after winning a war in 1104, Vishnuvardhana took up the construction of the temple, and according to an inscription, the temple was ready by March 1117,”

Points to Remember:

  • The temple was built between 1106 and 1117.
  • It was commissioned by Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana.
  • The temple is regarded a marvel of architecture in typical Hoysala style.
  • It commemorates the king’s victory in 1104.
  • Belur, along with Halebid, is proposed as a UNESCO heritage site.
  • Belur is 40 kilometres from Hassan city.

Source: The Hindu


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