Hoysala sculpture and architecture – Somanathpur – (5)

Hoysala – Somanathpur (3)

The construction of Chennakesava temple at Somnathpur was complted during the reign of the 10th king of the Hoysala dynasty, Narasimha III, in the year 1268 AD. He was in power till the year 1291 AD. All put together, there are four temples dedicated to the Lord Chennakesava viz., the Chennakesava temple at Belur, built during the reign of the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana (1117 AD), the Chennakesava temple at Mosale built during the reign of the Hoysala king Veera Ballala II (1200 AD), the Chennakesava temple at Aralaguppe built during the reign of the Hoysala king Vira Someshwara (1250 AD), and the last in the timeline, the Chennakesava temple at Somanathapura.

The above photograph shows one of the star-shaped ‘vimanas’ (towers) that appear on the ‘grabha-grihas’ (sanctum-sanctorum) of the Chennakesava temple at Somanathpur.

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