BELUR TRIP  14TH TO 17TH OCTOBER 2021 (7)

We reached our destination, Veera Narayana temple in Belavadi at 11.35. This is a beautiful temple with many pillars. Photography is forbidden inside and the priest told us that visitors are not allowed to sit inside for long. Many stupid people had carved their initials and names on the ancient stone pillars. How can anyone do such a thing?

We enter into a hall with a low platform in the middle. To our left is the shrine of Venugopala, to the right is that Yoga Narasimha. The priest told us that the Archeological Survey of India has judged the idol of Venugopala to be the most beautiful one in the country. It truly is. The statue stands as tall as a human being and Krishna is playing the flute (Venu in Sanskrit). He is surrounded by the gopikas.  The idol of YogaNarasimha is in sitting position. After killing Hiranyakashipu he wants to calm himself and is in yoga posture.

The main shrine of this place is to Veera Narayana. An interesting feature is that the distance from the entrance to the sanctum is much greater than usual. We walk along a corridor, open on two sides and flanked by pillars. Every year on March 23rd, at sunrise the rays enter the shrine and light the face of Veeranarayana. This is an architectural marvel because the ancient builders knew their astronomy.  Special pujas are performed on that day. All the three idols are made of black stone and are beautiful.

After offering prayers we walked around the temple. There is a beautiful neem tree. We requested a visitor to take our photo. Then we sat on the outer edge of the corridor I described above. In this temple too board games were etched on the floor.

Suddenly the priest came out with a vessel filled with lemon rice offered as prasad by one of the visitors. He gave it to everyone in a cup made of leaf. We heard him telling the person who had brought the rice not to force anyone to take it. He said some refused to accept it now. This was probably because of Covid.  It was very tasty.

We had parked our car in a lane outside. Here too, the village looked deserted. The residents must be working in their fields. Walking out, was like stepping from the past into the present. On one side of the lane we saw a hand pump. We do not see it our place now. My son and husband drew water from the earth and drank it. My son was  surprised that the water was tepid and not cool . 

We returned to our hotel after having lunch in a small hotel. In the evening we walked in the streets of Belur

and went to Chennakeshava temple and sat against the pillar outside the sanctum.

Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veera_Narayana_Temple,_Belavadi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoysala_literature

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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

9 comments

  1. I don’t understand how people can deface things, especially in place of worship. We think about our advanced knowledge, but there are so many architectural marvels we have to be amazed by what the “ancients” knew.

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  2. That is a stunning temple with wonderful carvings and statues. Here in Europe, I am sure that I have seen that board game etched into Roman ruins somewhere. I’m sure that it is really old.
    Most of our ancient (4000BC) stone circles and monuments are aligned on the sun, particularly at the solstices, and especially the winter solstice. Newgrange in Ireland is that most famous example.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newgrange

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