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