Veera Narayana Temple




Belavadi Sri.Veeranarayana Temple is the classic example where in unique temple plan is executed. The temple is a trikuta having Sri.Veeranarayana at center facing east, Sri.Venugopala north face and Sri.Yoganarasimha facing the south.
The temple is imagine to be constructed in two phases, earlier, the central shrine was built, and later on the additions were made, but truly this temple is a marvel and possess the most beautiful pictures of Sri.Venugopala, certified by the Archaeological Survey of India.
As one enters the temple from the main entrance, you can see a huge entrance with sloped roofs covering, it reminds me of the Tulunadu style roofs (we can observe this kind of roofings to -- Udupi Sri.Anatheshwara Temple just opposite of Sri Krishna.Mutt).  To continue, you must see two Vimanas beautifully decorated with various images and separated by more than 100 feet of distance. It is the only temple which I have done everything that is a trikuta and all three kutas are widely distributed.
You will find a few steps to enter into the temple, two elephants at Dwara, welcomes you majestically. As you go further, you will find a large Navaranga completely filled with beautiful carved pillars, on your right, you will find Sri.Yoganarasimha, yoga posture with a belt Yoga linked. We can see the Dashavathara in the Prabhavali, Lord is holding Shanku(Conch) and Chakra(disk) in both hands and the other two hands are based on its knees down. The image is so beautifully carved, one feels like spent more time, just by looking at. We can make fine comments and discover the Jari(border) design carefully executed on the Yoga Patti(belt).  You can also find Sridevi and Bhoodevi on each side of the Sri.Yoganarasimha in upright posture.
On your left, you will find the Sri.Venugopala who is in an upright position under the tree i addressed, holding a flute in his hands. The expression on the face of the Lord is so charming, that it can be clearly pointed out, that he likes to play his flute with his left eye slightly closed. He is standing in a position Tribhangi, or in the right leg is to the front of the left leg, he supports himself by using his thumb to bear the weight, his abdomen is slightly curved to balance itself. On the sides of the image, you can find Shravan Kumaras folded in position of the hand, three Gopikas who are completely engrossed listening the ripe Vaadana(flute recital), a Gopika has completely forgotten on itself and it is not bothered to cover itself while its Vyjayantika(duppatta) has fallen completely. The cow, which is the feeding of calves, does not even bother to take care of it and that it is completely to the listening Kolalu, the Gopalakas are merily dance and enjoying the recital as well. One can also find Sri.classified into juniors and Sri.Sathyabhama to one side or the other of Sri.Venugopala in upright position.
A few minutes walk from most you will find a more Navaranga Mantapa with approach to both the side(North and South).  Each of the Navarangas are richly decorated with beautiful ceilings depicting various stories of the Bhagavatha. The Nagamandala is fairly unique design or it is found that it is impossible to find the end of the Naga(Serpent God).
The total length of the temple is about 270 feet and, arriving in the center of Kuta, you will find the beautiful image of Sri.Veeranarayana which is held in four hands, taking the Pashankusha in his right hand, Gadha in his left hand. The other two are in the position where, in the last finger, annular and the major are half closed, the index is at half closed, but held up above the rest, the thumb is also half folded, in the left hand you can find a weapon but is not very clear. The prabhavali is well decorated with Dashavathara as theme and we can easily identify all the incarnations very easily. The as Makara in prabhavali is also well decorated. We can also find Sridevi and Bhoodevi on the coasts of Sri.Veeranarayana.
If one is located at the bottom at the main entrance of the Garbhagriha and look directly toward the direction of the is, you will find that the entire length of 270 feet is perfectly stabilized to such precision that intrigues you. We can also see the horizon at approximately 3 kms without any disturbance in the level, this kind of expertise in levelling must be appreciated. Also the summer solstice, we can see the sun entering the Garbhagriha without these trade barriers.
By taking a pradakshina along the temple, you will find various images of Vishnu Avatara, Ganesha, Shiva, Parvathi, Ganesha, etc. , this temple has need of an additional period to study and make sure you have enough time to spend so much on the inside of the temple as well as to the outside.
How to Reach:
From Bangalore 220 kms
From DHQ Chikmagalur 25 kms
Route :
1.Bangalore - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Channarayapatna - Hassan - Halebeedu-Belavadi
2.Hassan - Belur - Halebeedu-Belavadi
3.Chikmagalur - Belavadi
Road :
1.Belavadi is about 10 kms from Halebeedu. It is enroute between Halebeedu and Javagal.
2.One can also reach Belavadi via Bangalore - Arsikere Road on NH 206 and then take diversion onto State Highway upto Javagal.
Rail :
1.Alight at Arsikere Junction or Birur Junction if your are travelling in Fast Express Trains and then take road to Belavadi.
2.If you are travelling by Express or Passenger trains alight at Banavara and then head by road.
3.Once the Kadur-Chikmagalur Railway Line is completed, alighting at Chikmagalur station would be more nearest point.
Airport :
1.The nearest Airport is at Devanahalli and then either head by road or rail.
2.A new domestic airport is being constructed at Shimoga/Hassan, which would act as nearest airports.


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