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