Chennakeshava Temple – (Belur)

Language : English | Temple | Audios

General Information

Temple Timings :

  • Worship Hours 7.00 am to 12.30 pm & 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
  • The temple is open all days of the week.

Temple Entry Charges:

There are no entry charges for anyone.

Dress Code:

  • Pants, Shirts, T-Shirt’s, Jeans pants, Traditional wear are OK.
  • NOT allowed: Lungies, Caps, Short pants.
  • It is typically expected that short pants and sleeveless dresses should be avoided.

What is Allowed:

  • Camera: Camera is allowed in the temple. However, photos should not be taken at or near the sanctum.
  • Phones: Please keep them on silent or vibrate mode. It is a place of worship for many people.
  • Drinking Water: Advisable to carry your bottles. It gets pretty warm.

What is Not Allowed:

  • Footwear: There is a stand outside the entrance. A small fee is charged for service.
  • Food Items: Ideal not to carry food inside.

Facilities

Toilets:

Tough luck. There is no facility nearby. Better use the restaurants by going there for some tea, coffee or snacks.

Footwear stand:

There is footwear stand at the entrance.  This is a paid service.  A small fee is charged.

Cloak Room:

There is no facility for keeping things. You can carry a backpack to keep your things with you.

Parking:

There is ample car parking available near the entrance of the temple.   There is a parking fee charged by local panchayat.

Food

Belur is a very small town. There are hardly any places that you can eat. It is best that you plan to have food at Hasan or Chickmaglur. If you are already at Belur, and hungry, then here are the choices.

Budget South Indian Food :

  • Vishnu Residency
  • Hotel Mayura Velapuri ( KSTDC hotel)

 

Checklist

  • Umbrella and/or Hats. The entire temple is in an open area.  It gets very warm during the daytime (including winter period).
  • Torch – Yes, please carry a nice torch (flashlight). You will be able to see the detailed work.
  • Drinking water – Carry a bottle of water with you.
  • Earphones / headphones
  • Data network – you will have longer battery time if you are off the mobile data network. So when you are using the audio guide, you may want to get off the network.
  • Power bank / Battery pack for your phone

The Basics

It is good to refresh our memory on these basics.  In South India, almost all of the key monuments will have references to gods, goddesses, and mythological tales.  Knowing these will help one appreciate the work by artists.

History

This temple is nearly 900 years old.  The temple is built in Star shape and built on a raised platform in the center and subsidiary shrines and colonnades.

The magnificent shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu.  Interestingly, here the lord is worshiped in the female form of Mohini. There is an interesting story of why Vishnu took the female form of Mohini to kill the demon Bhasmasur and we will talk about this in the audio guide.  The name Channakesava is a combination of two words; Channa and Kesava.  In local tongue ‘channa’ means handsome and ‘Kesava’ is a name for Lord Vishnu.  So Chennakesava translates to handsome looking Vishnu.