Photographer's Note

Dear friends,

I visited at Belur in the state of Karnataka at the end of January, 2012. This is a view of a lady who was walking alone under the arch adjacent of the temple corridor.

The Chennakeshava temple is a holy house for sculptures showcasing innumerable variety of ornaments, the doorways, the ceilings, the birds, the animals, dancers and other figures are fully decorated as if they are full of life and vigour with variety of actions and movements. The doorways are guarded on either side by the gorgeously decorated dvarapalaka (doorkeepers).

Front view of the Chennakeshava templeThere are two more
shrines here that are still in use by devotees and there is a Pushkarni or stepped well to the right side of the main entrance. The temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes with no portion left blank. The main entrance is crowned by a Rayagopura built during the days of Vijayanagar empire. Within the temple complex, the Chennakesava temple is in the centre, facing east and flanked by Kappe Channigaraya temple and a small Lakshmi temple on its right. At Chennakesava temple daily pujas are performed.

An interesting sight with in the sanctum are the ancient jet-black Hoysala pillars, covered with bright vermilion smeared on by devotees. The main temple is surrounded by Temples of Soumyanayaki and Ranganayaki, beloveds of Sri Chennakesava.

I got an opportunity to shoot the moment.

with best wishes to all,


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  • Copyright: SWAPAN ROY (swapankumarroy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 0 N: 844] (3769)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-01-30
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-09-04 8:33
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