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Shravanabelagola Halebid
 
Halebid
About 194 kms from Bangalore Hassan is located on the banks of the river Yagachi and is a pleasant busy little town. It provides an easy base to explore Belur (38km), Halebid (33km) and Sravanbelgola (48km). The first two Belur and Halebid are beautiful and artistically acclaimed temples while the last one is a religious and historically significant place. Apart from these the District Museum of Hassan has a collection of sculpture, paintings, weapons, coins and inscriptions . One can see the best of Hindu temple art at Hassan in the twin temple towns of Belur and Halebid. The present city of Hassan was earlier a part of the throbbing Hoysala empire. The temples at these two places are a result of their patronage, and desire to promote art and architecture. The temples of Halebid and Belur are two of the representatives of the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka. The temples are fascinating to look at due to the wealth of their sculptural details, some of them taking 100 years to get completed. Their sculpture decor can be undoubtedly compared to that of Khajuraho, Konark and even to some of the best of European gothic art. It is also a center of transport and commerce. It can easily be accessed by road or rail to Bangalore , Mysore or Mangalore.


Belur

This quaint hamlet - 38 kms from Hassan - is located on the banks of the river Yagachi. Once the capital of the Hoysala empire, today it is known for its exquisite temples.








Channekeshwar Temple

The famous Channekeshwar temple is an outstanding monument that took 103 years to be built. Its construction began in 1116 to commensurate the Hoyasala’s victory over the Cholas at Talakad. It is full of intricate details and the myriads of friezes and sculptures that embellish the temple walls. The work especially high up the walls is unsurpassed in detail and artistry. Scenes from the epics, elephants in battle and sensuous dancers come alive in stone. Queen Shantaladevi, who was supposedly the epitome of beauty, inspired the 42 ‘madanikas’ or celestial dancers. It is said that every deity of the Hindu pantheon is represented on the Channekeshwar temple. Inside the temple one can also find a well and a bathing tank. Channekeshwar temple at Beur is the only one at the three Hoysala sites still in use today. Daily ceremonies are conducted around 10am and 7pm . The temple is open daily . Non- Hindus are allowed inside but not in the inner sanctum. Guides are available who try to explain the details of the significant sculptural work. Two other minor temples from the Hoysala dynasty are the Virnarayan and the Chennigaraya temples - smaller, but as intricately sculpted as the Chenakeshava.
 
 

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Hassan Sightseeing

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