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Belur – Halebidu Trip

31 Aug

My parents have been wanting to take us to Belur since our marriage with “Chenna Keshava” ( the deity at Belur) being our house diety and all. Is house deity the right word? Its called “Kula Deivam” in Tamil or “Man Devaru” in Kannada. There stops my knowledge about these deities.Actually, it is very interesting. We are supposedly Smarthas ( people who worship Shiva) but our deity is Keshava ( who is Vishnu ) LOL..Strange!! Wonder how that works out.. Anyway, we finally made it to these places during our recent visit to India. I have been to Belur several times and have always loved the temple premises, as it is perfect for kids to play.Yes,I know, it is also known for the various sculptures.

Halebidu is around 16 kms from Belur and is beautiful too. But, it is definitely haledhu..( Old in Kannada) .Apparently, Belur was built by King Vishnuvardhan of the Hoysala Empire and Halebidu , by his minister. You will find more interesting information if you google it..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belur
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halebidu

Tip: Please make sure you have a guide when you visit these places..

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The above photo is from Halebid.This sculpture represents Krishna lifting the Govardhana Mountain. You can see all the animals on the mountain. On top of the hill, the sculpting is very intricate, where you get to see a lion entering the den, a plantain tree with a monkey..and lot more. Yes, you definitely need a guide to explain it all.

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-This one stumps me. I know there was something significant about this when I took the picture. I can make out some kind of Rakshas on the right and thats pretty much it.If you can make out something, let me know.

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Also from Halebid. The outer wall of the shrine is arranged in 7 rows , with one row full of erotic figures. Look carefully at the top three . Makes you wonder why Sex is taboo in the land of KamaSutra…Huh?

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9 Comments

Posted by on August 31, 2009 in General, Informative

 

9 responses to “Belur – Halebidu Trip

  1. Sri

    September 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    “Halebidu” sound like a name of Karnataka snack 🙂

    Interesting pictures. I definitely have re-read Krishna carrying the mountain story. I vaguely remember my grandma elaborating that over a period of 3 days/nights (before nap).

    Second picture is not clear enough to take a guess.
    Third one .. needs lot of explanation (:) ).. Not to me.. but to self proclaimed Indian moral/cultural police

     
    • shoba

      September 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm

      🙂

       
  2. Praveen

    September 8, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Been ages since I visited Belur and Halebid. Just been there once during school days.
    People of those times amaze me.

     
  3. suresh

    September 9, 2009 at 11:48 am

    The picture that stumped you was the one with bows/arrows shaped in the form of missiles of today… Claim is that, they were able to imagine those then…Or, it could just be the rendering of the arrows in 3-D form, which kind of looks like a missile head…:)

     
    • shoba

      September 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks.. I had forgotten that.

       
  4. Hema

    October 13, 2009 at 11:43 am

    The second picture is the depiction of the Bhagavad Gita scene I guess. I can see someone driving the Chariot ( horse, wheels etc are clear)..so Arjuna and then there is a semblence of a figure at the back of the chariot ..Krishna..
    The Rakhshas must be Kumbhakarna and he is see blowing a lot of arrows at them..
    Either that or I am hallucinating..

     
    • shoba

      October 13, 2009 at 9:22 pm

      Yes, yes, you are hallucinating… LOL 🙂

       
      • Tejus

        November 20, 2012 at 12:56 am

        yes..last week I wnt to belur by reading on your this topic I went really its amazing..pls if u know any other such places means mail me to..sushan.rose@rediffmail.com

         

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