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  • Writer's pictureAishwariyaa Ramakanthan


Updated: Jul 20, 2020

The most beautiful legacy left by the Hoysalas who ruled Karnataka between the 10th and 14th centuries was exquisite architecture. So a visit to the state without a trip to Belur, the one time capital of this powerful empire, where one of the Chennakeshava temples stand, is definitely incomplete. Architecture, the fine arts, and languages such as Kannada and Sanskrit flourished under these enlightened rulers, and all of this is evident in the beyond exquisite temple structures.

The carvings on the wall are so fine and intricate that one can only stand in open mouthed awe of the skilled craftsmanship that once existed. The number of hours, days or months it would have taken to imbue the carvings with minute detail in expression and posture is simply unbelievable. Wonderful is all I can muster.

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