Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid and Belur

Hoysaleswara Temple

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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
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Pradeep Ramachandran

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"Truly amazing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Truly amazing no words to express the architecture beauty of this place. Need minimum 3 hrs to see the temple fully. I would suggest to take a guide to understand the story of this temple and beauty of this temple. Guide will take 300 Rs and will give overview of main stone sculpts in this temple. If we not taking any guide then there is no use . . Each and every point and corner is truly amazing can't believe how they build this temple. Basically it is shiva temple and we can see 2 largest Nandi in front of both the temple. Well maintained and very clean. I would suggest everyone to visit this temple and understand the indian culture. Really Incredible india.
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Deepika  Ashwant

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"Architectural Marvel with extremely detailed sculptures"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2016
Like the Belur Temple, this place too is a world heritage site built by the same Hoysala Dynasty. Though some sculptures are deformed/ removed, most parts of the temple is being maintained at its best. The sculptures & stone carvings are more detailed than the Belur temple & they depict stories from great epics like Mahabharata. We will require a knowledgeable guide help to understand the details. Words & pictures cannot summarize the beauty of the place. A must visit for a lifetime experience. Best to be visited at sunset or sunrise to spend more time.
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"A timeless magic art sculpted in stone"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 4, 2016
A great place to visit and a temple which is something ethereal in beauty and form. We will surely come back to this place with our grandchildren and show them the beauty and substance of our rich Heritage.

The advice is to leave Bangalore by road by 5. 00 AM and we are bound to reach the place in 4 hours time. The road is the Bangalore - Mangalore highway. Better to carry snacks with us. The place is most enjoyable in the evenings after 4. 00PM when the sun is less scorching. Carry a good Camera is the memories are bound to come back, of this architectural marvel.
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