Belooru or Belur is a small town in the Hassan district of Karnataka. The town is famous for Chennakeshava Temple, which happens to be one of the finest examples of Hoysala workmanship. The town is well connected to few of the main cities of Karnataka and those who wish to see the town can get bikes on rent in Bangalore to visit adjoining cities. Scooters on rent are also available for those who want. Bike rentals in Bangalore have made travelling convenient.
Belur, the early capital of the Hoysala Empire is one of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka. It is located on the banks of the Yagachi River in Karnataka and was earlier known as Velapura. The Hoysala kings who ruled the town for around 300 years were very fond of art and architecture and their style of architecture is famous in the whole world for its beautiful and proportionate designs. The Hoysala dynast is credited with building several temples and beautiful monuments during its reign. Belur and city of Halibeedu attract thousands of tourists every year to admire their beautiful monuments.
The main attraction of Belur is the Chennakeshava temple, dedicated to Lord Vijayanarayana, one of the twenty-four avatars of Lord Vishnu. The temple comprises exquisite carvings depicting scenes from the Upanishads, the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The sculpture of Darpana Sundari (lady with mirror) is exemplary, an epitome of finest craftsmanship. Shantala Devi, Queen of King Vishnuvardhana is said to have danced around the temple and it is said that the poses of the sculptures were inspired from her dance-poses. Tourists visiting the state must see Belur. Bangalore bike rentals allow tourists to hire bikes along with letting them get two-wheelers on rent like scooters to make their journey easier.
The Kappe Chennigaraya Temple located below the main sanctum of the Chenna Kesava temple and is said to have been consecrated by Shantala Devi herself. Many devotees come to see the beautiful idol and get mesmerized by its beauty.
After the fall of the Hoysalas, the city was passed on to the rulers of Vijayanagara. King Devaraya sand his commander Bice Dandanayaka installed the 42 feet tall lamp post- the Karthika Deepotsava Stambha in Belur. The tall lamp post is an architectural marvel and has mystified architects for ages as it seems to be supporting its own weight, without any kind of support. Budding architects must see this lamp-post to add more creativity to their designs. They can easily rent two-wheelers in Bangalore to visit the place by road.
The Veera Narayana or Lakshmi Narayana is a smaller shrine located towards the West of the main temple. Though this shrine is small in size, it is grand in its beauty. It has large sculptures on its walls and the mail sculpture represents three heads wearing crowns, believed to be three deities Vijaya Narayana, Chenna Kesava and Lakshmi Narayana.
Vishnu Samudra, a large tank in Belur was constructed during the reign of Narasimha Raya and Krishna Devaraya, a chief by the name Basappa Naayaka built comfortable steps on all three sides of the tank. The tank was build to allow devotees to get holy water for poojas and other religious rituals. This is the reason Belur is known as the city of temples. It has been frequented by not only devotees of Vishnu but even by brilliant architects who get astound by the intricate carvings and wall sculptures of the temples.
Tourists must definitely visit Belur if they are on a trip to Karnataka.. Bike hiring in Bangalore has made it pretty easy and affordable to get one’s own vehicle instead for sight-seeing.