DAILY PHOTO: Temple Carving Closeups, Belur

Taken in April of 2015 at Belur’s Chennakeshava Temple

DAILY PHOTO: Chennakesava Temple Gate

Taken on April 26, 2015 at Belur

Taken on April 26, 2015 at Belur

This is the main gate of the Chennakesava Temple at Belur. It’s a Hoysala era temple that dates to the early 12th century and is in the running for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Here’s a little closer view.

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Here’s a yet closer view

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DAILY PHOTO: Temple in the Sun

Taken in November of 2013 in Belur

Taken in November of 2013 in Belur

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The temples at Belur and Halebidu are among India’s most impressive–but least known–historical sites. Both cities were a capitals during the days of the Hoysala Empire, but are well off the major tourist path. If you’re spending some time in South India, these temples should be on your itinerary.