Chennakesava Temple

An Easy Tours' Photo Essay

The Chennakesava Temple is a 12th century Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu

The temple’s main entrance is capped by a golden Rayagopura

Chennakesava is best known for its intricately detailed carvings.

The lion sculptures were the symbol of the Hoysala Empire

There are more than 60 large sculptures in the temple’s shrine

The Hoysala Empire’s craftsmen preferred to use soft soapstone for their carvings, which allowed them to carve much more intricate shapes into their temples

Much of the temples iconography depicts epic battles of both humans and the gods