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Bygone era of Halebidu

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A vibrant ,colorful nation packed with diverse and charismatic cultures,history,traditions,beliefs and above all wonderful people.that’s India for me.

And I am blessed to be in a place like Bengaluru,where weekends can never be mundane or boring.Whether you got a thirst for history,art & culture or adventure,there is a place for you.

 

I always find our history to be fascinating.Our modern life is a continuation of our heritage.We are only where we are now because of the thousands of years that lie behind us.

My search ends this time in the glorified Hoysala kingdom and it’s complex temple architecture and intricate carvings.

The expedition started around 5 in the morning.Early morning drive on the highway.Oh,what can be the better way to start your Sunday ?

Around 5 hours of drive and few halt ,took me to the bygone era of Halebidu(Halebeedu or Halebid) in the Hassan district of Karnataka.


Halebidu (which used to be called Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra) was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century.You will witness some of the best Hoysala architecture and the most notable are the ornate Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara temples.

 

 

Hoysaleswara Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva It has lord Hoysaleshwara and Lord Shantaleshwara.
The construction of the temple began in the 12th century by the King of Hoysala. This temple was then looted in the 14th century and it fell into ruins after that.


Now it’s been protected under The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act.

It is known that the famous temple derived its name from the King Vishnuvardhana Hoysaleswara, who built the temple.

The temple has four porches for entry and the main shrine faces on the east.


As you approach the Hoysaleshwara, the main deity, it is stunningly amazing to look at such impressive Shiva in the form of a Linga nicely decorated with jewels and ornaments and dashing back drape.


There are exquisite sculptures and paintings inside the temple. There is an image of a dancing Ganesha at the entrance of the temple.


There are more than 240 images in the temple and no other temple has these many intricate sculptures.

It has about thousand figures on the walls which depict scenes of Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Knowledge of Mahabharatha & Ramayana along with Hindu Gods, their avatars (forms) would be crucial to understand the workmanship exhibited on the outer walls.

There are six railings before the wall images are present.


The first railing has Elephants present surrounding the entire temple, the second railing consists of Mystic Lion which is exhibited in many postures.

The third railing consists of Cavalry forces with men and horses dressed in war attire, the fourth railing consists of Makara which is a mystical animal, and the sixth railing consists of Swans which hold set of beads in their beaks.