Belur Chennakeshava Temple: Kalyani (Temple Tank)

Kalyani (Temple Tank) on the courtyard of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple in Karnataka, India

Kalyani (Temple Tank) – A view from the southeast side

Kalyani – A view from the southeast side
Located on the northeast corner of the Belur Chennakeshava Temple complex, this rectangular-shaped well is Kalyani, a temple tank common to Hindu temples. The temple tanks are also known by many other names, including Pushkarini and Kunda.

According to an inscription, Hoysala King Ballala II commissioned this temple tank in 1175 CE and was named Vasudeva Sarovara. Vasudeva is synonymous with Vishnu, because Krishna, Vishnu’s eighth avatara, is known by this name (also his father’s name). Sarovara means a lake in Kannada. It is now officially known as Gajagonda (Elephant Pond).

As you can see, the tank is inside a walled enclosure. Inside the temple complex, the tank is enclosed by specially built walls on the west and south sides. It is enclosed by the walls of the temple prakara (which is a protective wall surrounding the temple) on the east and north sides. The entrance is through a door in the pavilion located in the middle of the west-side wall.

The image shows a view from the southeast side of the tank. As you can see, there are two statues of two elephants at the doorway and two mini shrines at the corners built on the terrace above the stairs. Access to the pond is through steps, which become narrower as you go down.

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