Chennakesava Temple

Open Time : 7:30 AM TO 7:30 PM

Entry : free

Address : Chennakesava Temple, Hassan, Karnataka, India

Why to visit Chennakesava Temple

This Hindu temple named Kesava or Chennakesava Temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu. The Chennakeshava complex at Belur, which was constructed out of soapstone, is made up of a number of Hindu temples and small shrines enclosed in a walled compound.

A typical example of South Indian temple building, the main temple is located in the middle and faces east. In the inner sanctuary of the Kesava temple stands a six-foot-tall idol of Lord Vishnu. Some of the temple's best details can be found on its pillars.

One of these temple pillars that is most well-known is the Narasimha pillar. There are 48 pillars in total, each with a distinctive carving and decoration. Near the entrance of the shrine is a stunning stepwell (Pushkarani).

It was common at the time to take a dip in this well before performing rituals like praying and other rites. The Gravity Pillar, a 42-meter-tall pillar, is also present in the courtyard's centre.

The remarkable 645 elephant carvings, Madanakai damsels sculptures, Navarang carvings, Purana and Upanishad stories, and the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics are the main attractions.

Architecture of Chennakesava Temple:

Hoysala Architecture 

Darshan Timings of Chennakesava Temple:

  • Morning to Afternoon: 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Afternoon to Evening: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Entry Fee of Chennakesava Temple:

There is no entry fee required.

  • Camera Fee: INR 30
  • Car Parking Fee: INR 50

Trip Duration at Chennakesava Temple: 1 hours approx

Best Time to Visit at Chennakesava Temple: November to February

Chennakesava Temple Nearby Attractions: 

  • Veera Narayana Temple
  • Kappe Chennigaraya Temple
  • Saumyanaki Temple
  • Ranganayaki Temple (Andal Shrine)

How to Reach Chennakesava Temple:

  • Nearest Bus Station: Belur
  • Nearest Train Station: Belur
  • Nearest Airport: Manglore

FAQ on Chennakesava Temple

What are the attractions near Naulakha Temple?

Yagachi Dam, Pathaleshwara Temple, Belur Golf Course, and Yagachi Water Adventure Sports Center are some close by attractions.

Can we use cameras inside the Naulakha temple?

Although cameras are permitted within the shrine, photos of the god are prohibited.

When is the ideal time to travel to Naulakha Temple?

The greatest months to travel are from October through March. Summers may be stifling while strolling outside.

When is the best time to go to Naulakha Temple?

Deoghar may be visited at any time of year, however the winter months of November to March are the most pleasant. However, to experience the true spirit of the Naulakha temple, you must go during Krishna Janmashtami and Radha Ashtami. Both of these festivals are held in August.

What are the finest places to stay near Naulakha Temple?

The nearest hotels are Genx Rameshwaram (0.3 km), Jashoda International (2.5 km), and Hotel Shivam International (2.8 km).

What hours are visitors allowed at Naulakha Temple?

From 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, visitors can visit the Naulakha Temple.

Special Tip

For a cost of Rs 300–400, you can hire government-approved guides at the temple. Although shoes are not permitted inside the temple, you are free to leave them in your car or at a counter outside the shrine. There are restrooms accessible outside the temple.

By Inaaya Sharma

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