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Temple in courtyard of the Chennakeshvara Temple, Belur 2335

Temple in courtyard of the Chennakeshvara Temple, Belur 2335

Photographer: Dixon, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/24(2335)

Item number: 2335

Length: 23

Width: 29.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a temple with sculptured fa├žades near the Chennakeshvara 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 during the early Hoysala period in 1117 and is one of the masterpieces of that time. The temple is entirely built of grey-green chlorite and consists of a sanctuary with minor shrines on three sides and a columned mandapa, raised on a platform. It has a star-shaped plan which creates multiple projections. Its superstructure, which belonged to the Nagara style of architecture, is now lost. The sculptural wealth of this temple is extraordinary and represents architectural elements and figural carvings depicting different aspects of Vishnu. This view shows the fa├žade of the Andal Temple which stands in the north-west corner of the Chennakeshava temple compound. It dates from the 12th century and is decorated with sculptures of maidens and divinities beneath trees.

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