Belur is Chennakesava temple complex, which includes Chennakesava Temple (dedicated to Chennakeshava, which means handsome Vishnu) as the center piece, surrounded by built-in cabinets Chennigraya Shantaladevi Temple, Queen, King Vishnuvardhana.
The lower panel frieze around the temple consists entirely of elephants There are two shrines here, which is still in use and there are devotees of Pushkar, or step well on the right side main entrance. Dravid rayagopuram style at the entrance, which was a later addition by the Vijayanagar kings, who regarded it as a deity, or one of its Kuladevata family of God.
The temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It was built to commemorate their victory over King Vishnuvardhana Talakad at the Cholas in 1117 CE. Legend has it that it took 103 years to complete.
There are two beautiful temples of Halebid - both dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shivalinga is a form of idols (the phallic form of Lord Shiva).
Both temples large monolithic statues of Nandi (Lord Shiva's bull) in front of the entrance,The first temple is the Temple Hoysaleshwara. Its construction began in 1121 AD, chief of staff. Although the construction lasted for 87 years, the temple was never finished. For other temple - Kedareshwara Temple - was built nearly two centuries later - in 1319 AD.