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.

Anoop Hullenahalli

An Electronics Engineer working on wireless embedded systems for a living. Traveling, photographing and sharing my experiences here at ANUBIMB helps me unwind and break the monotony of life.


Shiju Sugunan · 9 Jun ’11 at 5:17 am

Very beautiful sculpture. Excellent capture!

River rafting · 15 Feb ’12 at 10:33 am

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

Rahul K · 6 Sep ’13 at 11:36 pm

I am spellbound by your photography….truly inspiring…

    Anoop Hullenahalli · 7 Sep ’13 at 10:25 am

    You have a very decent blog too. I will go through your travel adventures sometime. Thanks for commenting and see you around.

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