Belur, the first and final word in the sculptured architectural
monuments, the standing specimen of chisel work of non-pariel excellence, in
Black Stone; the museum exhibit-piece ' of unsurpassed splendour, in variety and delicacy; the stone- cutters'
lndradanus; the connoisseurs' Kalakshetra; the
aesthetes Mayasabha; the Hoyasalas' Kirthi Pataka; the commoners' wonderland of myriad splendor; the
pilgrims' mokshadwara; and the tourists'
open-air museum is located in the Hassan district of Karnataka state,
renowned for a characteristic type of sublime culture that won the
appreciation of all and at all times at it. This unparalleled architectural marvel
that made the superlatives bent in eternal veneration has many more plus
points that threw a halo round the goddess of sculpture; for it is this temple
that is treasuring up the
Vishnu Vardhan's spirit of catholicity, besides the inexhaustible
thirst for patronage of arts and crafts; it is this shrine that came into existence
under the powerful influence of Sri Ramanuja, the peerless Visistadwaithamata