Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi

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Location: Belavadi village, Chikmagalur district, Karnataka

Distance: 157 km from Mysore, 213 km from Bangalore, 29 km from Chikmagalur, 10 km from Halebidu

Route: Bangalore – Tumkur – Tiptur – Arasikere – Banavara – Javagal – Belavadi (211 km)

2nd route: Bangalore – Yeshwanthpur – Nelamangala – Kunigal – Chanarayapattna – Hassan – Belavadi (235 km)

Accommodation: No accommodation available

Food: No restaurants nearby

Veera Narayana Temple is another superb temple in the Hoysala temple circuit. This too typically do not feature in the itinerary of the regular tourist. The temple is located just before a lake on the left hand side in the now node script Belavadi village. The temple is said to be constructed by Hoysala Empire King Veera Ballala II in 1200 AD. The temple has three shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayana). The architecture of this temple is grand and comparable to the popular Belur and Halebidu temples. Once you pass the main gate you will see the trade mark lamp tower and two gopura (tower) flanking the temple from two sides. The temple has extensive stone work and brass metal work. One that caught my attention was the pillars and the polished stones used in these pillars. They still shine as if they were built a few years back. The symmetrically placed pillars and stone works on that gives an awesome feeling. There are extensive works on the ceiling and the walls as well. Looks like this is also a living temple and regular puja (prayer) takes place.

Visit and enjoy the architectural splendor with your own eyes!

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