Arulmigu Sri Chennakesava Swamy
Sri Chennakeshava Swamy Temple,
Belur Taluk, Hassan District -573115
- The annual festival at Chennakesava Temple is celebrated every year for 10 days commencing from 2nd January every year. The festival starts with “Dhwajarohana”and concludes with “Dhwaja Avarohana.” During the annual festival, Nayar Daiva of Ubaradka Mittoor, Ulla’s of Kukkanoor, Ulla’s of Bajapilla, Kanatthila Daiva visit to the temple to proffer special sevas to the deity. The final day of the annual festival is marked with “Dodda Darshana Bali” and “Rathothsava.” These festivals take place in the presence of a mammoth of devotees who visit the temple to offer special sevas and prayers to the deities’ taking blessings.
- Apart from the annual festival, innumerable Poojas and Rituals are held on a regular basis. Some of them are
- Vishu Sankramana
- Prathistha Mahothsava
- Nagara Panchami
- Chouthi and Shanivara Vratha of Simha Maasa
- Deepavali and Navanna
- Navarathri Pooja
- Sankramana Pooja to Goddess Bhagavathi
- Hundreds of people from across the State thronged the Chennakeshava temple at Belur to witness the two-day car festival that began on Thursday.
- The temple is open on all days
- Darshan timings of the temple are convenient for the visitors
- Morning 6:00 AM to Afternoon 1:00 PM
- Afternoon 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM
- Evening 4:00 Pm to 8:30 PM
- The inner sanctum of the main deity closes from 10:00 AM to 11:00AM, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and from 5:00PM to 6:15 PM
Chennakesava Temple was custom-built by the Hoysala king himself in order to celebrate an important military triumph in 1117 A.D. There has always been a squabble in opinion among scholars about the construction of the temple and after many dilemmas, the military success of king Vishnuvardhana has been considered to be the most feasible reason for the construction of the temple. As per the legend of this temple, king Vishnuvardhana was commemorating his renowned triumph against the Chola dynasty of Tamil country in the encounter Talakad in 1116 A.D. This victory resulted in the occupation ‘Gangavadi,’ the modern southern Karnataka by the Hoysalas. Again according to the stories enclosing the temple, Vishnuvardhana’s adaptation from Jainism to Vaishnavism under the influence of Ramanujacharya is also a reason. Ramanujacharya believed that the temple is principally a Vaishnava temple. The Hoysalas were believed to have appointed a number of noted artisans and architects who enlarged a new architectural tradition named ‘Karnata Dravida tradition’ by critic Adam Hardy. All the 118 inscriptions that have been recuperated from the temple complex from the period of 1117 A.D to the 18th century provide details of the artists employed, the funding made to the temple and the renovations done during the later times.
The Chennakesava Temple also has stone pillars extended beyond from a bulwark wall about 6 feet high to hold up the roof. The stone screens later were installed between the roof and the stockade walls thus giving the impression of walking into a covered room. Prolific sculptural adorations with some of them extremely delicate are also present covering the hall. The larger than usual inner exhibition area is also known as Navaranga is also in attendance with an extremely striking fashion. Also, the temple consists of forty monolithic pillars in stellar or circular shape that are constructed in hand-carved decorations. The supervising deity is a 6-foot tall demonstration of Lord Krishna also symbolised as Lord Keshava, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.