Belur Chennakasava Temple of Belur holds a magical prominence of Ancients, be in architecture or in its significance of using sacred geometry. None knows about the central temple’s beginning, yet the main construction has been commissioned by Vishnuvardhana in 11th century CE. The temple has wonderous ancient architectural demonstration, be it the geometrical lighting screens and exquisite lathe tuned pillars, deliberately carved that cant be achieved even by today’s technology.
In the temple, the navaranga hall has forty eight pillars, in them, forty-four were carved alike and only the four central pillars with miniature carvings were intentionally hand-carved unique to each other. Archeologists say that they’re built during the Vijayanagara Era, and were intentionally designed to support the central structure. Another great magic of the carvings is the movable jewellery that they’re carved in a manner that one can feel the palpability of a real ornament.
Inn the sanctum sanctorum, the central deity of this Temple, the idol of Vijayanarayana, stands tall on a three fee hight pedestal, the idol towering to six feet. And the temple used to have a tall bhumija style pagoda with mindboggling carvings on it, however, repeatedly attacked by invaders. However, they couldn’t touch the copper inscription on this temple, they listed out the Hoyasala artisans who worked here, artists like Dasoja, Chavana, Ruvari Mallitamma, Malliyanna, Chikkahampa, Malloja and Nagoja, were credited for contributing their sculpting ability to this temple.
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari