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Chennakesava Temple

Earlier known as the Vijayanarayana Temple, this is the prime attraction of th Belur Region of Karnataka. The temple is stuated on the banks of the Yagachi River and was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire Empire. There are also other temples in Belur and the neighbouring Halebid is a popular tourist attraction. The maning of the word Chennakesava is 'Handsome Krishna'. One of the most attractive temples, this temple is decorated inside out. Light greenish colour soapstone is mainly used to make the Chennakesava being carried on a Garida and the entrance with the Golden Lion makes the temple look even better. There are also other smaller shrines and temples inside this huge temple complex.
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This temple is one of the hallmarks of Hoysala Empire in Chikmagalur district. The temple's architecture is typical of that found in all temples of this empire, replete with intricate carvings and detailed depictions of mythological lore in stone. The material used for construction - soapstone gives a whitish tinge to the whole temple. The presiding deity is Lord Vishnu, sitting in the inner sanctorum that is well shielded from direct light and has a low ceiling.