An overflow of beauty
Halebid Travel Blog› entry 26 of 37 › view all entries
After weâ€™ve seen the impressive Jain temple of Shravanabelagola, we move on to Halebid. This small town 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). Itâ€™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.
Temple building served a commercial and religious function. The merchants of Halebid financed the construction of the Hoysaleswara temple. Large temples served as establishments that provided employment to hundreds people of various guilds and therefore bringing wealth to a city.