Modified 8-May-11
Created 26-Jan-11
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Trip to India. One day for photography. Side trip to Belur, very worthwhile. Enjoy!

From Wikipedia: Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire and is located in Hassan district some 150km from Bangalore. The temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It was built by king Vishnuvardhana in commemoration of his victory over the Cholas at Talakad in 1117 CE. Legend has it that it took 103 years to complete and Vishnuvardhana's grandson Veera Ballala II completed the task. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes with no portion left blank. The intricate workmanship includes elephants, lions, horses, episodes from the Indian mythological epics, and sensuous dancers (Shilabalikas). Inside the temple are a number of ornate pillars. Darpana Sundari (Lady with the mirror) carved on walls of Belur Temple is one of major attractions in the complex.
Pilgrims at Chennakeshava temple at BelurMaking breakfast for manyFour young men in BelurSweeping, early morning ritualsEarly morning in BelurOld man keeping warmFather and Son, the passage of timePilgrim at Chennakeshava temple at BelurCurions but not pleasedPicture of school childrenSalim, Venki, Andres at Chennakeshava temple, BelurVenkiNandeesh, the driverEntrance to Chennakeshava temple at BelurPouring teaBirds circling the temple entranceThe magic of something newColourful sari'sChennakeshava temple at BelurWalking in the temple shadows

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