The Temple of Veera Narayana is in Belavadi, a village in Karnataka's Chikkamagaluru district.this temple is known for its architecture,The material used is Soapstone.Belavadi is said to be the place mentioned at Mahabharatha where  Bheema killed the demon Bakasura .

Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi - History,Architecture

This is a Vaishnava temple, and there are images of the Hindu god Vishnu in all three shrines, though in various forms.Two Elephants, welcome you majestically in the Dwara.The central shrine has four-handed, tall Narayana image and is considered one of the best examples of Hoysala art.The southern shrine has a picture of god Krishna playing a flute including a garuda pedestal, and the northern shrine has a picture of Yoganarasimha, sitting in a yoga posture.

Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi - History,Architecture

The superstructure is connected to a low protrusion tower named Sukanasi over each of the three shrines.It consists of two tiers of miniature roofs decorated in the same way.

Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi - History,Architecture

Built in the style of Trikuta, this temple is huge and spacious with three vimanas.The temple architecture is unique in that two of the shrines face each other and are situated on either side of a wide and spacious open mantapa  with thirty-seven bays in it.The temple complex has 2 closed mantapas, 9 bays, with a central shrine at the end.The third shrine's inner walls are plain but their roof is well decorated.

Belavadi is a mere 10 kilometres from Halebid. It lies 220 kilometres from Bangalore and 28 kilometres from Chikmagalur.

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