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Halebeedu, Karnataka, India
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6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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30 min to 2 hours

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The History

Built during the reign of King Vishnuvardhana in 1121 CE, the Hoysaleswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to have been financedby the prominent Shaivite citizens of the kingdom and was in direct competition to the construction of the Chennakesava temple being built in Belur. Its construction took about 105 years to complete. The temple was sacked and looted by Muslim invaders in the 14th century and fell into a state of disrepair and neglect.

Architecture

The whole temple complex is built on a platform common to Hoysala architecture and made with potstone. It faces a large tank that was built in the 11th century. There are two shrines with two superstructures, one for the king (Hoysaleswara) and the other for his queen (Shantaleswara). Both these shrines are placed adjacent to each other facing east, each with a simple lingam inside and a mantapa in the front. There are 4 pillars in front of each shrine that are the most ornate. The exterior of the temple is much more intricate compared to the interiors due to the recesses and projections built into the various walls.

The temple is especially known for its sculptures and artwork that run all along the temple. Art critics all over the world state this temple as second to none in all of India. There are four porch entrances to the temple, with the most intricate sculptures found on the southern and eastern doorways. This temple also breaks the tradition of using the old style of 5 moldings with friezes at the base of the temple, and instead has incorporated the 'horizontal treatment' with 8 moldings.

Garuda Pillar

This is an interesting component of the temple. Garudas were the royal bodyguards who lived the the king and queen. Their only job was to protect their masters and they would commit suicide on the death of their master. The Garuda pillar is located on the southern side of the temple that depicts heroes with swords cutting off their own heads. The inscription below honours Kuruva Lakshma a bodyguard of Veer Bhalla who killed his wife and other Garudas before killing himself after the death of his master.

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1 Hoysaleswara Temple review
Sudhu Reddy
Sudhu Reddy
“Amazing Sculptures”
Jun 22 2014
If you are on a visit to Belur a visit to this place is recommended just for its immensely beautiful sculptures and interesting history. Less crowded and less frequented by visitors than Belur (Personally found it to be more better than the Belur tem ...... read more
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