Day 7 – Hussan
Your morning starts from Belur. The Chennakeshava Temple is the main attraction of Belur. It is a temple complex dedicated to Lord Chennakeshava (Handsome Vishnu). King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty built this temple in the Dravidian style. There are many subsidiary shrines around the main temple, which is about one hundred feet high. It also has a magnificent gateway tower. The shrines were conceived in star shaped structures and not in the usual cubical fashion. Due to this concept of satellite, the main temple is really very impressive.
Later, visit Halebidu. Ketumalla was the chief of staff of the Hoysala Kingdom and he built this temple in 1121 A.D and dedicated it to his king, King Vishnuvardhana and the queen Shantala Devi. It is learnt that it took 105 years to complete the construction of this temple. Standing on the platform of the temple, if you look around you will see the opposite hills and two big bulls facing the temple and a Ganesha figure to the south.
Late that afternoon, you visit the Sravanbelgola. It is an important Jain Pilgrim Centre in India. It has a pond and two stony hills- Chandragiri and Indragiri. Chandragiri has the Chandragupta Basadi of the Ganges and the Parashwanatha Basadi situated here is the biggest. There is a Jain Matha situated in the town below the hill. It has very old paintings on its walls. Indragiri bears a Gomata monolith which is 58’ tall and was installed by a Ganga general and scholar Chavundaraya. He also built the Siddhara Basadi, Odegal Basadi, Chennana Basadi and Chauvvisa Tirthankara Basadi and also the finely engraved pillar called the Tyagada Brahma Pillar. It bears floral designs which are breath taking. Up north the town is Jinanathapura which bears the Aregal Basadi and the Shantinatha Basadi of Hoysala times. There are over 500 inscriptions at Sravanabelagola out of which some have recorded death of Jain ascetics and laymen due to starving (sallekhana).
You get back to the hotel late in the evening with a great experience and a lots of memories of Hindu and Jain mythologies and stay overnight at Hussan.