Belur Chennakeshava Temple with Guide Hassan Tourism Karnataka Tourism Hindu temples of Karnataka

Belur Chennakeshava Temple with Guide Hassan Tourism Karnataka Tourism Hindu temples of Karnataka


We are at Belur chennakeshava temple this is 900 years old temple there are so many carvings that we will not be able to know anything about it if we see it with the help of a guide we will be able to understand very well even if you see my video, on you own if you try to locate these statues, it is not possible to locate each one of them with a guide it will be very easy one more thing is that, there are no fake guides here because this is under the protection of ASI all are licensed guides come let us see this temple along with our guide Mr. Anand my name is Krishnaswamy Bhattar,, the chief Priest can you tell us a little about the temple? our chennakeshawaswamy temple in 1117 Achary Ramanuja made the installation Ramanuja created the Pancha Narayana Kshetras at
Karnataka the first name with which this god was installed was VijayaNarayana after that was known as Prachalithanaama Keshava among Chathurvamshi Statues He holds shanku, chakra, Pada and padma this is the symbol of Keshava Hence the god is known as Keshava and because the statue is very beautiful so was known as Chenna Keshava this is the specialty and importance of our temple as per the purnas about this place In order to annhilate Basmasura Sriman Narayana took the form of Mohini at this place and in that form killed Basmasura Rakshasa at this place that is why this place is also known as Velapuri and Bhoo vaikunta Kshetra because of this due to this places connection to Puranas Everyday the God is decorated although it is a male god yet it is decorated in female way is the procedure here with nose ring, neck chain, Mangalsutra waist chain, anklets these all are put everyday the god is decorated such this is the specialty of this sacred place this as per Pancharathra agama all Pooja varieties are done at this temple Bramhothsava and Nityayothsava pakshothsava and Masothotsava all the celebrations as per the agama are conducted here Navarathri all 9 days are special God is placed on the pata for Vijayadarshimi that is completed the same way during Karthika season, Lakshadeepothsava is done on Pournami After that Dhanur Masa one month has very special pooje Moring pooje will be there during Sankranti special pooje are conducted around the year, all agama pooje since the time of Archari Ramanujacharya we have been doing it as per procedure for our temple many people who have this god as their family god and other devotes are there this Chennakeshava swamy in this Karnataka region is the family deity for many by our temple believers during Rathothsava and Sravana season every year they all come and offer pooje, arthi and service this has become a specialty here and tourism department also this has become a prime center belur and halebidu is well known for its sculptures and carvings attracts a lot of tourist they too are visiting in large number at the same time even the devotees also have been visiting this temple this is a temple which has both believers and tourists this is also the specialty all 365 days here will be the crowd of tourists and believers off late from the temple since 6-7 years we have also started food donation services for the believers who visit around 1 pm to 3 pm Annadana is done in the coming days this facility is planned to be extended even to night this is in the plan level due to financial shortage in our temple and matta believers if they contribute in large number it will be possible to provide the night meal too we hope to achieve this for our temple all believes should come have a darshana of the god accept the prasada offered at the temple dinning area may all be blessed Belur’s importance people from across our nation and from other nations come and enjoy the beauty of this temple From Karnataka and across India we request all to come to see the beauty of this temple through your video, me as the chief priest of this temple request you all to come to this temple My name is Anand We all guides here are approved by the Archaeology and tourism department yes we are licensed guides this being a centrally protected monument no other is permitted to enter only those with license after training only they are permitted the information we give here is as per the Archaeology reports based on these reports the dates are also mentioned, some are poets comparison and for some there are inscriptions only based on these do we give information and History will have variations based on who has written it but here there are 109 inscriptions based on that , the information most accurate to it is given come this is a Vishnu temple known by the name of Chennakeshava swamy but the name on the pita or base of the statue it is written as Vijaya Narayana in 1117 that is in 12th century there was a war near Talakadu between the Hoysalas and the cholas from Tamil Nadu in that was Hoysala defeat the Cholas as a symbol of winning that war this temple was built that is why on the slab below the statue it is written as Vijaya Narayana but called as Chennakeshava why is it called ChennaKeshava? the local people later started calling such Chenna in Kannada Language means Beautiful Keshava is Vishnus Forms name so Chennakeshava means Beautiful Vishnu as per archaeology of this temple this is the 902 year of this temple 1117 this was started was completed in 1220 so if you calculate it took 103 years to construct it it was not built by one King it consisted of three Kings, three generations King Vishnuvardhana, Narasimha Ballala and Veera Ballala the reason for building this temple is as a symbol of winning the war in 1117 when this temple was built at the same time they built four temples at various other places together they built 5 temples Known as Pancha Narayana Temples Belur- Vijaya Narayana Melukote- Cheluva Narayaana Tondanur Nambi narayana Gadag- Veera Narayana talakadu – Keerthi Narayana all these together is known as Pancha Narayana temples the inscriptions found there are proof of this known as Pancha Narayana temples the stone used is soap stone the property of the stone is that it will be soft when taken out of earth later when exposed to weather it hardens when it is soft such detailed work can be done on it it can be said that the Temple is not carved but has been assembled because they have not used cement or concrete they have interlocked one stone with another as per Archeology department there are more than 10000 statues here in this temple including big and small ones so this is a ocean of art it is like an ocean what ever i will be showing for 45 minutes will only be a familiarization just like highlights there is a local saying for this the saying is that” to see Belur one needs to grow roots in Belur” so much time is required that is a small introduction till date this is a temple which has Pooje that is why this pillar is kept here, known as Dwaja stamba also called as Garudagamba if there is pooje there is this pillar, if this pillar is there, then there will be pooje if pooje is not there then its is like a monument at Halebidu there was no pooje the villagers have made a trust and are conducting the pooje but here the pooje is from the government side so there has been no attack here is it? there has been no attack here Halebidu was the capital hence was attacked this has few hear say stories, that this was covered in sand son the enemies could not see it and was saved but there is no evidence for this but there has been no attack that is for sure here too some small sculptures have been stolen some statues hands legs have been broken all this has been done by thief’s when there was no security here post 1952 Archaeology department announced it as a monument and got it under protection once in 10 years the whole temple is chemically treated they do a preserve coating this temple is protected from wind and rain now there is security here is the statue of Garuda Garuda is the vehicle of Vishnu that is why Garuda is here in Shiva temple on the opposite side you will find the Nandi this has been done recently can you see the name here Sculptor Jewaracharya Mysore after the old statues had got spoiled this was replaced When the temple was constructed the used language is old kannada this is old kannada inscription this contains history about the temple and information about the Kings achievements based on 109 such inscriptions, we base the history Thousands of sculptors have done the work at this temple among them the main sculptor is Jakkanaachari Jakkannachari was main sculptor along with him were Dasoja, Nagoja, Malloja Mallithamanna, Chikkampa, chawana, Mahina all these where there, they all were from Karnataka few sculptors came from Gadag district some came from Shivamogga District in Shivamogga district, there is Shikaripura taluk there is place by name Balligavi they came from there this is known as Shikara generally this is built on top of North Indian temples you might have seen on top of Puri Jaganatha temple in South India this is the style South India Dravida style Gopura, Go means cow for hindus it is a sacred animal on both sides is the horn of the cow pura means a village or place name Gopura means a sacred place Krishnadevaraya got this built Gopura has carvings but not like this it is just in brief they have shown In Belur Shilabalikes are the main attraction there are 42 Shilabalikes Madanikas, Aapsaras this is the emblem of Hoysalas sala killing the lion Sala is the name of a boy from the boy named Sala this Kingdom of Hoysala began so the founder is Sala that incident happened at that time at a place 25kms away from here known as Angadihalli thats the main place notice above the door is Garuda vishnus vehicle a little above it is god Narasihma to its right smaqll circles like jilebee within these circles are the Vishnus Dasha avataras look at the first one is Matsya avatara Kurma, Varaha , Narasimha vaamana Parashurama, Sri Rama Krishna, Goutama this is Kalki but Kalki avatara is yet to happen behind those circles our fingers can be inserted there is space behind it they have cut the stones as if it was paper such detailed delicate carvings have been done here you can see the animal Makara 7 animals different parts have been joined to make one animal body of pig lions feet crocodiles mouth elephants trunk monkey eyes ears of cow tail of peacock for decoration all this is carved on a single stone generally if you go to any Hoysala temple you will find the door way decorated in this same manner known as Makara Thorana the most famous Shilabalike this first one you would have seen widely in Tv, newspapers, advertisements known as Darpana sundari Darpana means mirror see the mirror in her left hand it has a frame and clamp the beautiful lady, is seeing her decoration through her mirror you can see her ear ring , the hole in it, her waist belt necklace kadga in her legs the climber work above her head all these have been carved in detail and delicately and has been assembles When assembling it they arrange it in a angle of 30 – 40 degree tilt and placed there this is also the emblem of Karnataka Tourism Department KSTDC it is a very famous statue this is Vishnu called as Shridhara this is the King who constructed this temple King Vishnuvardhana, the one holding the sword on the left is his wife Shantala Devi on right side is the Rajaguru Ramanujacharya In the second statue, talking with the parrot known as Sukabahshini to send messages parrots were used to send letters pigeons were sent this was used a mode for communication back then there was no mobiles or emails, only messengers 644 elephants are there no two elephants are alike all are in different positions 644 almost 85 statues have been stolen can you see? 620 Hair styles are there, girls combing their hair 620 different hair styles may be more than that, this is approximately this is the holy festival statue below is holding Pickarai in hand and filling it with coloured water on the other side the other maid is filling it in and passing it to her notice the duppatta kind of cloth in her hand this is Keeravani, the letter got by the bird has been carved in it these modern dresses existed prior 900 years here some statues are repeated in this box is a story of Mahabharatha Bhima throwing the elephants like balls Bhima has strength of 1000 elephants Bhishmacharya sleeping on bed of arrows, Shashai these stories in Halebidu have been carved a little elaborately but here Shilabalikes are there , but there it is not there that beauty when wearing her dress one monkey is holding the edge of her saree and starts pulling it the lady is laughing the lady out of anger is holding a stem the monkey is laughing its teeth can be seen the sculptor has written his name on the slab along with his address lastly see the beauty with curly hair look at the strands of the hair depicted here here see the 3D effect length , breath and dept 3 dimension they have cut the stone as fine as a paper cutting look at these stones getting damaged due to wind and rain to avoid such damage, once in 10 years chemical treatment is done almost 2 years back this was cleaned this is Kesha Shingari she has had her bath and is twisting her hair to drain out water at the end of her hair you can see the water drops necklace on her neck chain behind the necklace small beads for the chain see the detailing of the small beads of the chain when carving these, if they make even a small mistake the whole statue is required to be made from the beginning imagine how much patience they had once it is disfigured they would not assemble it this is thribanga Narthna to do such dance body needs to be very slim and need to be an expert because the beauty has turned her body in three different directions how she has twisted it is from the drums to her neck is one part from neck to waist is second waist to feet is third notice the detailed work of the jewels big chains this is Kapala bhairavi , Shivas Wife not a Shilabalike in her left hand is a stick on which is the skull of a human notice the ropes of the drum it appears like real ropes have been used to tie it each stands of the rope knots of the rope fingers, finger rings all have been made out of single stone out of the 42 statues, this is the first male figure looks like Krishna there is a flute has a hat and hairstyle see in the box the second person is holding the knife notice his dress it is the night dress that is worn now a days all olden days concepts is coming back now the dress design of small children this is the lace design which was seen in olden days sarees fingers pass through the holes such minute is the work this is a humorous piece this consists of a male and a female figure the sculptor has shown the face of the lady as that of a donkey when boys are in the age of 16- 18 years a girl with even a donkeys face will also look beautiful to them sweet sixteen these all are Mahabharata stories Here when keeping beats to the music using both hands and singing notice the teeth in the gap in the parting of the lips this statue is known as Ganamanjira gana means singing Manjira means tala or beats notice the filigree work cant cut even a paper so fine its done so intricately its done so beautifully there are two layers notice behind is one layer on top of it is the other layer both layers are carved out of a single stone notice her left shoulder above that is a lizard near its mouth is a jack fruit notice the small spikes of the jack fruit along with that is a fly lizard – jackfruit – fly jackfruit attracts fly the lizard is waiting to eat the fly these are the ear rings that girls use these all are jewels , use as ear rings big hanging ear rings what they were using in those days that they have depicted on stone in her left hand she is holding a musical veena its known as Rudra veena notice the small line on the veena that is a string made out of stone that string has been damaged the long neck chain notice the gap between both the chains holding a mirror in left hand she is curling her front forehead hair look straight above plucking a mango with her right hand notice between the mango and her fingers a small gap that detailed is the work done in those days if we notice every thing in detail we can notice the detailed carvings this is the second male statue you can see the beard and mustache on his face here notice two wrestlers wrestling known as Malla yuddha now this has become WWF wrestling this is darpana sundari’s Miniature statue there are seven parts first is jeevathama second is Paramathama Jeevathma means stories related to human Paramathma means god so from here Purana stories are more because stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata will begin the reason being this place is related to the Garbhagudi area all this is vishnu, Lakshmi Janardhana, Keshava, Harihara this is Harihari, which means its a combination of Vishnu and shiva on the right is nandi symbol of shiva garuda symbol of Vishnu look above the slab above that a small baby is sleeping when Sri Krishna was a child laying on banyan leaf sucking his right toe Vatapathrasai means Anjani krishna here shiva is killing the Jalandrakshasa in this pillar notice the flower notice the lotus flower a demon comes to kill Sri Krishna notice the scorpion carved in the stomach region scorpion is carved as a symbol of poison she is Vishakanye ( poisonous lady) Here the 10 necked Ravana is holding the Kailasa Mountain on this head on this Kailasa mountain on top notice Shiva, Parvathi and Nandi if you look closely there are four lokas or worlds here first row is of snakes forest world, human world and the gods world due to the heavy weight notice the wrinkle on the neck to build a multi storie building 1st floor second floor balcony or veranda grill work, windows done 900 years before this has been replaced using a different stone notice the difference between the new and the old elephants a symbol of strength lions for courage horse for speed Here Chamundi is killing Mahishasura Mahishasura mardini has lot of weapons next to it is Daksha king a very rare ganesha astabuja vinayaka, eight handed Ganapathi one hand is damaged only kids worship, adults do not worship as it is disfigured above is Ugra Narasimha statue with Hiranya kashupus stomach has been opened and the taken out the intestines and put it around his neck like a garland to depict how aggressive he was when killing, notice the sharpness of the tip of the tongue the eye balls are popping out 900 years back when carvings these they did not have any photo for reference they have carved it out of imagination Varaha avatara third form of Vishnu in this form he kills Hiranyaksha this is four faced brahma there and bells followed by stone chains above his head it resembles the iron chain links 14 are there a symbol of the 14 lokas which one? the one above Brahmas head shiva here is in the nude form Kalabhirava notice the footwear its like boots this is Nagaraja and Nagarani the Naga couple here shiva is holding lot of weapons keeping his feet on the elephants head he is dancing Gajasura rakshasa comes in the form of Elephant English subtitles will be uploaded soon

79 thoughts on “Belur Chennakeshava Temple with Guide Hassan Tourism Karnataka Tourism Hindu temples of Karnataka

  1. Where detailed information..dis video will help thousands of people.. Tq u for letting everyone know abt d culture n heritage of our hoysala kingdom.. 🙏🙏🙏

  2. Most beautiful temple! Every summer holiday, I used to play with my cousins next to that fish pond where there is a Ganesha statue! 😀
    Thank you so much for posting this, enjoyed it fully. Guide is excellent.

  3. ದಸರಾ ನಂತರ ನಾಪತ್ತೆ ಯಾದಿರಿ.! ಇದೀಗ ನಮ್ಮ "ಚೆನ್ನ" ಕೇಶವನ ದರ್ಶನ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದಿರಿ.ಪ್ರತಿ ಸಲವೂ ನವನವೀನ ಅನ್ಸುತ್ತೆ ಸುಂದರವಾದ ಭವ್ಯ ದೇಗುಲ. ಗೌರವದಿಂದ ವಂದನೆಗಳು ನಿಮಗೆ

  4. Tqsm sir u have doing great job by exploring the KANNADA SANSKRUTI 😍🙏🙏
    One more thing sir if u hv interested in KITTUR RANI CHENNAMMA FORT plz make a video on it , it's ma request sir

  5. Your initiative is really suberb bringing our old old glory and making us to visit this places. Keep going your efforts are really appreciated 😊

  6. Bro i feel its not good to make this type of videos where you use guide and show everything later people will stop using them instead will c your video.Most of them will loose their employment

  7. Nimagodu namaskara tumbaa channagi shooting maadiddeeraa
    Guide is also good please give guide details it will be helpful to visit

  8. ನಮ್ಮ ಶಾಲಾ ಪ್ರವಾಸಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಕಳೆದ ತಿಂಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳನ್ನು ಕರೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗಿ ಬಂದಿದ್ದೆ ಸರ್. ನಮಗೂ ಸಹ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಗೈಡ್ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದ್ದರು. ನಮ್ಮ ಇಡೀ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ಅದ್ಭುತ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದ್ದರು. ಎಷ್ಟೇ ನೋಡಿದರೂ ಪ್ರತಿ ಬಾರಿಯು ನೋಡಬೇಕು ಎನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಬಹಳ ದಿನ ಕಾಯಿಸಿಬಿಟ್ಟಿರಿ ನೀವು ಬೇಲೂರಿನ ಚನ್ನಕೇಶವ ದೇಗುಲ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವೀಡಿಯೋ ಅಪ್ಲೋಡ್ ಮಾಡಲು. ಆದರೂ ಪರವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದಿನಂತೆ ಅದ್ಭುತವಾಗಿ ಮೂಡಿಬಂದಿದೆ ವೀಡಿಯೋ. 🙏👌

  9. Super sir….once again ..keep going … dodda gaddavalli temple is there near hagare village ..please make video of that also ..

  10. Thank you for taking time, visiting the Belur Channakeshava Temple and posting this guided video. Most awaited and indeed insightful as always. Your Halebeedu video inspired me to visit both Belur and Halebeedu again and book a guide to take the tour. Thanks a ton Sudheesh Sir 🙏🙏

  11. One of the marvelous and architectural wonder, it was our fate that we saved ur temple but barbarians destroyed halebidu

  12. Sir. Thank you very much. Nivu bahala asbhutavada kelasa madta idira. Really appreciate ur effort. Please do continue and help us explore the beautiful places of karnataka.

  13. Sudeesh sir I'm proud of your selfless work and ur dedication of making a wonderful video's we love u sirrr😇❤👍👍

  14. Thanks to vijaynagara kingdom and Hoysala kingdom for Protecting South Indian Architecture against Islamic Invaders.

  15. Very good morning Sudeep sir I have gone to this place many times but your video will give us so many information as usual thank you so much sir, always keep rocking.

  16. ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ, ತುಂಬಾ ಸಂತೋಷವಾಯಿತು ವಿಡಿಯೋ ನೋಡಿ… ಬೇಲೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಭಗ್ನವಾದ(ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ರಂಧ್ರ) ಇರುವ ವಿಷ್ಣುವಿನ ಮೂರ್ತಿ ಇದೆ ಅಂತಾ ಕೇಳಿದ್ದೆ ಅದರಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಏನು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಇಲ್ವಾ

  17. ನಾನು ಯಾವಾಗಲೂ ಕೂಡ ನಿಮ್ಮ ವೀಡಿಯೊಗಾಗಿ ಕಾಯುತ್ತಿರುವೆ ತುಂಬಾ ಉಪಯುಕ್ತವಾದ ವೀಡಿಯೊ ♥️

  18. ಥಾಂಕ್ ಯು ಸಾರ್, ನೀವು ನಮಗಾಗಿ ವಿಡಿಯೋನ ಅಪ್ಲೋಡ್ ಮಾಡಿದಕ್ಕೆ.

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