June 30, 2016

Belur Halebidu Belavadi Photo Feature

Belur and Halebidu, I consider it as one of the Wonders of the World and MUST visit in your lifetime, for its ultimate carvings, mind-blowing sculptures, lathe-turned polished and shining pillars, the ornate lintel and decorated ceilings, star shaped temple structure, series of elephants and many other sculptures on the outer wall...... ... this list never ends. I visited these places thrice and still like to visit 1000 times as well.

I am sure after checking the photos below, you decided your trip to these places. Yes, plan and visit once in lifetime. Very unique for its architecture. My main objective of this photo feature blog is to inspire the readers with these photos of this place.

I have written a blog post sometime ago about these places with all the details to plan, stay options, food etc. That time I did not have the DSLR and captured the photos with Samsung Note II.

Visit my old blog for all planning, stay, route, food....etc... http://myjourneysinindia.blogspot.in/2014/05/belur-halebidu-and-somanathapura.html

But now, my Nikon D810 helped me a lot to capture that beauty and present to you all. Enjoy seeing the photos and dont forget to add your feedback in comments section below and share with your friends as well.

If you have a HD TV or a good monitor see the photos in full screen. Album link to all the photos: https://goo.gl/photos/D9LEymU3Lt8fWLTf9

Let me start with my favourite capture ... Zoom to see the details and you will be amazed for sure.

Ornate Lintel at the entrance of Halebidu Hoysaleswara temple

I want to surrender myself at the feet of this sculptor, no words to explain, just see it... !! What a patience and dedication......
Main Entrance of Belur Chennakesava Temple
The pillar you see on left is standing on its own without any support or fixing. That is why, I added this photo here to explain.

If you can zoom-in, you will see Nine Avatars of Lord Vishnu. Ornate lintel at the entrance of Belur Chennakesava Temple. Also notice the chain.
Zoom-in to see the fingers holding onto the instrument behind the thread. Also notice the thread. Looks so real right? How on earth one could do such a carving, Amazing !

Gajasurasamhara - Lord Shiva inside Elephant Stomach !, What a creativity and imagination..... I am not getting words and getting lost staring at this picture....
Notice the unique style of that Temple Tower and those lathe-turned pillars
Full View of Belur Chennakesava Temple
Garuda worshipping Belur Chennakesava
Unless you zoom and see the Decorated Pierced Stone Window screen, you will not appreciate this photo here. Did you see it ?
Lord Narasimha at Belur Chennakesava Temple
Ornate Bay Ceiling - Belur Chennakesava Temple

Zoom-in at centre and see that structure, you will see many sculptures in it, Amazing isn't it ?

Next let me move onto this so beautiful Nandi, I've ever seen at Halebidu Hoysaleswara temple.  I have visited many temples, see many big and huge Nandi, but this is just awesome and very beautiful. I am also planning to capture photos of all Nandi at all different temples in one blog soon. Check it yourself below....

Do you know, there are 1248 elephants in Belur and 624 at Halebidu like these. This is the outer wall panel of Halebu  Hoysaleswara temple

The reason why this photo again is to show you the elephants carved perfectly on those corners or junctures.
Look at the Ornaments, Zoom-in to see those sharp and crisp ornaments ... see the next one which is zoomed for a more closer look

Notice those small needle sized holes perfectly placed to give a great impression of ornaments,
More closer look of the ornaments
Outer wall sculptures at Halebidu Hoysaleswara temple, do you see Shiva Parvathi, Murugan, Ganesha ?
I hope by now you decided to visit Belur/Halebidu and nearby places.....  there are few more photos to inspire you, wait....... 

Why again Gajasurasamhara you ask, right? Different Sculptor, different imagination and creativity. Yet both are awesome. Lord Shiva inside Elephant Stomach
View of the Outer wall panel at Halebidu Hoysaleswara temple, are you counting the elephants?
Zoom-in to see how they managed the space and squeezed-in such sculptures....  See the corners....  mind blowing... !! Again no words come out of me and i keep staring at these amazing sculptures..... !
Mahishasuramardini - Halebidu Hoysaleshwara Temple
Ravana Lifting Kailash - Zoom-in to see the details and miniatures ....again I am speechless, and keep staring at this ... !!

Lord Krishna lifting Govardhan Hill, Zoom-in to see the details and miniatures
Lord Krishna Kalinga Nardhana, Look at his ornaments
Shiva Parvathi on Rishabha Vahana (Nandi)
Halebidu Kedareshwara temple
Halebidu Parshvanatha and Shaninatha Basadis - Ornate Bay Ceiling and Polished Pillars. You can see your reflection on these pillars.
Belavadi Veera Narayana Temple - Look at the Lathe-turned polished pillars, polished to perfection and it is like a mirror. My god, how did they do it those days? Did they have tools?

Here you go, see how nicely polished.... and see the shape... Mind blowing !

Belavadi Veera Narayana Temple Tower, no space is left unused, carvings elsewhere and beautiful

Belavadi Veera Narayana Temple Tower
View of Belavadi Veera Narayana Temple.

There are still lot more photos that I did not add here, yet you can see them from the Google+ Album and the link is here. Click and see them all.

Hope you liked this blog, add your comments below and share with friends. 


  1. Hats off Thanigai. You brought the temple in front of our eyes! I must visit this temple soon!

  2. Hats off Thanigai. You brought the temple in front of our eyes! I must visit this temple soon!

  3. Thanks a lot for the feedback, very encouraging.

  4. Really Pics are awesome. Great photo shot I have shared the link on my FB.

  5. brilliant captures

  6. Will you please make a version without your white text in middle

    1. I am sorry, that is a copyright text. Use the images as is with the mention of source of this image and I am fine with it. I cannot remove it.

  7. Sir awesome pics. Thank you so much I will bring my children for sure to this awesome temples! Keep posting!I love love n love historical places; we will make a plan this Oct holidays!

    1. Thanks a lot for the feedback, happy to know you liked it. There are plenty in and around this Belur and Halebidu. Look under "Historical monuments" menu on top for other historical places and my posts. Thank you.


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