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Hoysaleswara Temple

Halebid and Belur

14.7/5(5 Ratings)

Hoysaleswara Temple Overview

Ranked 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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Fine architecture!

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Hoysaleswara Temple

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1st May 17

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Hoysaleswara Temple

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1st May 17

Amazing hoysaleswara temple

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Hoysaleswara Temple

Pradeep Ramachandran
3rd Dec 17

Great exhibition of ancient architecture

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29th Apr 17

Stone architecture prowess

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23rd Jan 17

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Chandan Adiga

Chandan Adiga4.3/5

36 reviews

Beautiful sculpture and architecture

Popular for historic Hoysaleshwara (Shiva) Temple. Both are worth a visit. There will be Government approved guides who will give you more insights. Recommend to get one, they are worth the money. Footwear's are not permitted inside. Temple has paid toilets, a museum (Closed on Friday), a park to sit and relax. No nice restaurants near the Temple's city. You need to drive to Beluru to get some decent restaurant. Do not forget to visit Jain Temple(Basadi) & Kedareshwar Temple. Both are just behind Hoysaleshwara Temple(less than a km).

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  • Beautiful sculpture and architecture
  • Beautiful sculpture and architecture
  • Beautiful sculpture and architecture
  • Beautiful sculpture and architecture
    +3

Pradeep Ramachandran

Pradeep Ramachandran5.0/5

226 reviews

Truly amazing

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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  • Truly amazing
  • Truly amazing
  • Truly amazing
  • Truly amazing
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Deepika  Ashwant

Deepika Ashwant5.0/5

17 reviews

Architectural Marvel with extremely detailed sculptures

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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  • Architectural Marvel with extremely detailed sculptures
  • Architectural Marvel with extremely detailed sculptures
  • Architectural Marvel with extremely detailed sculptures
  • Architectural Marvel with extremely detailed sculptures
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Jayashankar Gopalakrishnan

Jayashankar Gopalakrishnan4.6/5

5 reviews

A timeless magic art sculpted in stone

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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Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid and Belur

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Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid and Belur
Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid and Belur

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Nidhish Patni

Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid and Belur
Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid and Belur

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Nidhish Patni

Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid and Belur
Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid and Belur

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Nidhish Patni

Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid and Belur