The Hoysaleswara Temple

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Halebid, India
The Hoysaleswara Temple  - The Hoysaleswara Temple (Halebid, India)
The Hoysaleswara Temple  - The Hoysaleswara Temple (Halebid, India)
The Hoysaleswara Temple  - The Hoysaleswara Temple (Halebid, India)
The Hoysaleswara Temple  - The Hoysaleswara Temple (Halebid, India)
The Hoysaleswara Temple  - The Hoysaleswara Temple (Halebid, India)
The Hoysaleswara Temple  - The Hoysaleswara Temple (Halebid, India)

The Hoysaleswara Temple Halebid Reviews

amitashok amitashok
3 reviews
Intricate carvings Dec 05, 2014
This temple to me has a stronger resonance than Belur. The carvings are equally intricate. It was started by the same King Vishnuvardhana, in 1121 AD but never finished. You get to see the incomplete work and it gives you a sense of history, of battles fought and empires erased. Of powerful kings departed and work left ever incomplete. It makes you feel with wonder and beauty and respect time.

This temple is very close to Bangalore and along with Belur forms an interesting itinerary. Folks who may have come up north to Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, and want to take a brief 2-3 days to sample southern India, ought to fly to Bangalore (easy to reach, generally cheap airfares) and take a 2 day trip to Belur, Hallebid, Srava Beloga, Srirangpatna, Mysore. Those with an extra 2 days should add Kabini or Nagarhole to that trip. It is a very rich and diverse itinerary.
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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
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An overflow of beauty Sep 27, 2008
The small town of Halebid was the capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. Today it is home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara temple.

This Hoysaleswara temple dates back to 1121 and has an enormous wealth of sculptural details. Every single inch of the temple walls are covered in an endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and dancing figures. At the entire temple, no two sculptures are the same.

In those days, very few people could read, so the sculptures on the temple walls told the Hindu mythology and every day stories. Erotic sculptures were simply meant as sex education.

The temple is also guarded by a huge Nandi bull (the bull of Shiva). It’s hard to stop looking at the stunning walls of the Hoysaleswara temple, it is as if they overflow with beauty. The longer you look at them, the more details you see.

A similar temple can be found at nearby Belur, but for me it is impossible to say which one is more beautiful or interesting. I visited both and advise to do the same!
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