Halebid Temple (Hoysaleswara Temple)

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halebid temple

Halebid Temple (Hoysaleswara Temple)

Halebid, capital of the Hoysala Empire during the 12th century, is home to one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture in the ornate Hoysaleswara temple. Halebid was earlier known as Dwarasamudra, the ‘Gateway to the Sea’.

Hoysaleswara Temple

Soap stone AKA Chloritic Schist was used in the construction of this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Halebid Temple
Hoysaleswara Temple

This temple is built on a star-shaped pedestal and is centered around a pillared hall.

Hoysaleswara Temple
Hoysaleswara Temple

Halebid Temple
Nandi

Hoysaleswara Temple
Temple facade

The exterior walls of the temple are covered with numerous depictions from Hindu mythology.

Halebid Temple
Frieze

hoysaleswara temple
Frieze detail

halebid temple
Frieze detail

This temple has been proposed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Facade

halebid temple
Hindu Trinity – Brahma, Shiva, and Vishu

hoysala temple
Lord Shiva

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Shiva-Parvati

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Lord Shiva killing Gajasura (Elephant Demon)

hoysala temple
Lord Krishna lifting Mt. Govardhan

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