Carvings at the Chennakesava Temple. The Chennakesava Temple originally called Vijayanarayana Temple was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, an early capital of the Hoysala Empire. Belur is 220 km from Bangalore, in state of Karnataka. Chennakesava literally means "handsome Kesava" and is a form of Hindu God Vishn
Idols of Shiva and Parvathi in the Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebidu, Karnataka, India. The temple was built during the Hoysala Empire rule in the 12th century by King Vishnuvardhana. The construction was completed in 1121 CE. During the early 14th century, Halebidu was sacked and looted by Muslim invaders from northern India and the temple fell into a state of ruin and neglect. Previously known as Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra, Halebidu is 149 km from Mysore, in the state of Karnataka, India.