The Elephants of the Chennakesava Temple, Belur

The Chennakesava Temple of Belur, Karnataka is a Hoysala style temple built in the 12th century AD. it is located in the town of Belur (about 200+) kilometres away from Bangalore, Karnataka. There are a number of things that are interesting about the structure and the history of the temple. However, my post is going to focus on a unique aspect of the temple- the elephant friezes carved out on the outer walls of the temple. There are about 650 elephants carved on the lower level of the outer wall but what makes the elephants stand apart is that not one animal is carved like another. Every elephant has been given a different style- some annoyed, some peaceful, some bedecked, some lazy. You really have to admire the sculptors and the master architect for giving the elephants their personality. Enjoy the photos!

Annoyed Elephant Centre- "Watch it pal! Ever heard of personal space?"
Annoyed Elephant Centre- “Watch it pal! Ever heard of personal space?”
The Elephants in Perspective
The Elephants in Perspective
Playful Elephants
Playful Elephants
"I'm sitting down, I'd like to see you try to get me up"
“I’m sitting down, I’d like to see you try to get me up”
Mutant Elephant or How sometimes even the best planning goes wrong
Mutant Elephant or How sometimes even the best planning goes wrong
Two Elephants having a tete-a-tete. Third Elephant Eavesdropping
Two Elephants having a tete-a-tete. Third Elephant Eavesdropping

Another older elephant post of mine here.

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6 Comments Add yours

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks Matthias!

  1. Lav says:

    So very adorable! Made my day. I don’t know if everyone who goes there enjoys this unique craftsmanship, so Thank YOU for the unique gift!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you! Glad it made your day!

  2. Nirmala says:

    So amazing no!!!

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