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Ancient Chennakesava Temple Completes 900 Years

The ASI hasn't yet responded to the letter regarding the need to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the temple

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The Chennakesava temple turns 900 but no celebration takes place
Chennakesava temple turns 900 year old. Wikimedia
  • Chennakesava temple turns 900 years old this year
  • It was commissioned by the Hoysala king in 1117 CE
  • ASI hasn’t responded to the letter regarding the need to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the temple

New Delhi, July 15, 2017: Chennakesava temple, a real masterpiece and a fine example of Karnata-Dravida architecture, had its 900th anniversary this year. The temple completed 900 years of construction on March 10, However, the historic occasion was hardly marked by any celebration.

Vishnuvardhana, the Hoysala king commissioned the Chennakesava temple in 1117 CE. It has been established by the Researchers that the temple was built as a symbol of victory of King Vishnuvardhana. “Soon after winning a war in 1104, Vishnuvardhana took up the construction of the temple, and according to an inscription, the temple was ready by March 1117,” said Srivatsa Vati, a historian and an expert in Hoyasala architecture.

“It was Mr. Vati, who wrote to various departments, including the ASI, reminding them about the temple’s 900th anniversary and stressed the need to commemorate the occasion,” says The Hindu report.

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The Muzrai Department and Hassan district administration responded positively, however, no response has been received from the ASI yet. The temple management committee discussed a series of programs, in a meeting, in order to mark the 900th anniversary of the monument. Religious programs were held as per the suggestions, under the leadership of the priest of the temple. Seminars, a sculpture workshop, competitions for college students, and a State-level Bharatanatyam competition, as a part of a nine-day event, were also suggested by Mr. Vati.

Uma alias Muddamma, president of Belur Town Municipal Council, said that they are still in the process of figuring out what events could be conducted to celebrate the 900 years of Chennakeshwara temple. “On an average, more than 10,000 people visit the temple during weekends. We need funds to develop road infrastructure in the area in addition to improving amenities for visitors. We have submitted a memorandum to chief minister Siddaramaiah seeking funds for development of the town and are awaiting his reply,” He informed.

The Chennakeshava temple at Belur is a marvellous example of the Hoysala architecture and forms a crucial part of their legacy. It is indeed disappointing that the celebration of 900 years of the temple is not being given due importance.

The Chennakesava temple originally referred to as the Vijayanarayana temple is situated on the Yagachi River at Belur. It has also been proposed for the UNESCO World Heritage tag. The temple attracts a large number of tourists every year.

Prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Narendra Modi Lashes Out at Karnataka Government Over Farm Loan Waiver

"Such a multi-level approach addresses the main issues that the youth of our country are faced with and empowers them to succeed in life," he said

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PM Modi said the BJP was not in politics for "divide and rule" or building vote banks.

Ridiculing the Karnataka government scheme to waive farm loans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it benefited a handful of farmers and the decision will go down in history as one of the “most cruel jokes” on them.

Interacting with BJP booth workers from Belagavi, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad and Haveri in Karnataka through video conference, the Prime Minister also lashed out at the Karnataka government for the tussle over allocation of portfolios between the JD-S and the Congress ministers and accused them of indulging in corruption while ignoring governance.

“The farmers want attention. But those in power in Karnataka are steeped in arrogance. The common man wants development but those in power want only development of dynasty. People want corruption-free development, but they want development-free corruption,” he said.

The Prime Minister was responding to a query of a party worker from Belagavi who sought to know his views on the plight of farmers and other communities under the Karnatak government.

“What they have done in the name of loan waiver for the farmers will go down in history as one of the most cruel jokes on farmers. After six months in power, reports say the government could only benefit a handful of farmers with the loan waiver scheme. These people go around the country, claim credit for what they have done for the farmers. Will they also take credit for the farmers committing suicide?” Narendra Modi said.

His remraks come at a time when the BJP-led government at the Centre, which has a stated goal of doubling farmers incomes by 2022, is planning sops for the farmers as their plight has become a major cause for concern ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress has been portraying Modi-government as “anti-farmer” and had wooed voters in the recently concluded assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan with farm loan waivers.

The Congress has promised farm loan waiver in Karnataka. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, whose JD-S is a Congress ally, in his maiden Budget had announced that Rs 2 lakh farm loan till 2017 will be waived.

During his interaction, Modi also took a jibe at Congress for the ongoing tussle over allocation of portfolios among Congress ministers.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

“Everyday there is in news as to who happy and who is unhappy. And for what? For some ministerial posts. It seems as the people in power in Karnataka are only there to play musical chair. The poor want care but those in power are only interested in cabinet berths,” he said.

The Prime Minister said those in power think that just because they have formed a government by hook or by crook, they can get away with anything.

“The people of Karnataka and the people of India are watching. They will soon teach them a lesson,” he said.

He said when those in power have given up all the responsibilities of governance, the BJP’s responsibility towards the people increases.

“In such a situation, it is the duty of our party to voice the aspirations of the people and wake up the government. When those in power are not interested in the welfare of the people, it is the duty of our ‘karyakartas’ to become the voice of the people,” he said exhorting the party workers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

During his interaction, Modi also touched upon several key issues concerning the people of Karnataka and the country at large.

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Comparing the state of affairs in Karnataka with rest of the country under the BJP-led governments, he described numerous measures and initiatives taken by his government in sectors like MSMEs, tourism and education that have transformed these sectors.

Concluding his wide-ranging interaction at Haveri, he talked about the approach of his youth-led governance policies having four core elements, a 4E approach — Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Excellence.

“Such a multi-level approach addresses the main issues that the youth of our country are faced with and empowers them to succeed in life,” he said. (IANS)