Hoysaleswara Temple OverviewRanked 1 of 9 sightseeing in Halebid and Belur
Hoysaleswara Temple, one of the major religious centres in the Hassan District of Karnataka, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The foundation stone of the temple was laid in the 12th century; however, construction of the shrine was abandoned on the advent of the Delhi Sultanate. The temple is famous for its intricately engraved sculptures and carvings.
One of the sculptural marvels, the shrine exhibiting fine scrollwork in stone stands over an elevated platform. This star-shaped testament is a combination of two similar temples with separate sanctuaries and mandapams. Among the noteworthy attractions of the temple are Nandi, a bull and a chariot of Lord Shiva, which are connected to the temple by a pathway.
Garuda Stambha is among the main highlights of the temple along with inscriptions of epic heroes carrying knives and cutting their own heads, commemorating Kuruva Lakshma, the bodyguard of Veera Ballala II. Besides, ramparts of shrine are adorned with several gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls.
The lowest motif of the shrine illustrates over 2,000 elephants with riders, each standing in different stance along with horses, mythical beasts and floral motifs. There are 280 images ornamented with jewellery and garments. Dwarapalakas or doorkeepers on the southern and western entrances are beautifully carved.
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- Length of visit: 1-2hrs
- Best Time: During Day
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Beautiful sculpture and architecture
Architectural Marvel with extremely detailed sculptures