Garuda statue of Belur temple

Garuda statue of Belur - javaracharya
The Garuda statue is at the entrance of Chennakesava temple, Belur. Chennakesava literally means “handsome Kesava” and is a form of Hindu God Vishnu. This particular statue has been done by Javaracharya Mysore, as the inscription behind the statue depicts.

South Indian temples have a common design practice of erecting a statue related to the God to whom the temple is dedicated at the temple’s entrance.

For instance, its so common to see a Nandi statue at the entrance of a temple dedicated to lord Shiva, on the same lines this temple has on display a Garuda statue clearly signifying that the the temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu.

Lord Garuda: with the head and wings of an Eagle and rest of the body like that of a man is considered as the king of birds and also the carrier of lord Vishnu.


  1. Very beautiful sculpture. Excellent capture!

  2. Nice blog….The temple seems to be quite artistic…

  3. I am spellbound by your photography….truly inspiring…

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