Entrance gopura of the Chennakeshava Temple, Belur
Photographer: Dixon, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance gopura of the Chennakeshava Temple at Belur from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 24: 'a' numbers), taken by Henry Dixon in the 1860s. The Chennakeshava Temple was built in 1117 during the early Hoysala period and is one of the masterpieces of that style. It is a grey-green chlorite temple dedicated to Vishnu and is built on a star-shaped plan. The sanctuary with the minor side shrines and the columned mandapa or porch stand on a wide terrace. The roof over the sanctuary and the porch are now lost and the tall entrance gopura or gateway seen in this view was added during the Vijayanagara period in 1397. It consists of five storeys completely covered of sculptures of divinities.