Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Gopura

Belur Chennakeshava Temple - View of the gopura from outside

Gopura entrance

Gopura entrance
Located on the east side of the temple prakara (protective wall), the gopura shown in the image is an entrance to the Belur Chennakeshava temple complex from outside.

As you can see from the image, there is a closed wooden door in the middle of the gopura. This door opens at 8:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm and the visitors to the temple enter through this door. There is no fee to enter the temple.

This gopura was built much later than the temple because the original entrance was destroyed during an invasion from the north.

Located 150 miles west of Bengaluru in southern India, the Belur Chennakeshava Temple is a magnificent temple dedicated to Vishnu. King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty commissioned the temple in 1167 CE to commemorate his victory over the Cholas at Talakadu. After his death, his successors – Narasimha I and Veera Ballala II – continued the work, and it took 103 years to complete it.

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