Belur (earlier known as Velapuri), near Hassan, in Southern Karanataka,  was the first capital of Hoysalas.  Vishnuvardhana  (AD 1108-1152) started this temple popularly known as Chennakeshava Temple in AD 1116; but it was worked on for  another 100 years.  It was built to celebrate Hoysalas victory over the Cholas.
 

Chennakeshava Temple



I visited this temple on the afternoon of 20th April 2008 by taking a public bus ride to Belur from Chikmagalur. Some pictures taken in the Temple's  compound and inside the temple are  displayed below: