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Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid

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Admire exquisite stonemasonry at Hoysaleswara Temple, an ancient Shiva temple complex with ornate carvings and impressive pillars built in soapstone. Walk through a maze of pillars amidst countless carved and bas-relief images of deities. Built in the 12th century, the complex features two major shrines and two auxiliary ones erected on a lofty terraced platform. A dancing image of Lord Ganesha and Garuda pillar with ancient Kannada language inscriptions are among the highlights. Check out the base of the temple walls with a train of elephants, lions, horses, scrolls and mythical creatures. Get a guide for explanation of all the details. To visit Hoysaleswara Temple and get the most from your holiday in Halebid, create itinerary details personal to you using our Halebid holiday planner.
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  • Old well preserved temples always attract the fantasy of tourists, especially because of the mind boggling levels of details those architects of yesteryears managed to achieve with their rudimentary t...  more »
  • Larger than life stone structure of two Nandi monolith dated back 11th century main temple is full of Hindu mythical characters  more »
  • Hoysalas built this temple in star shaped base structure in 12th century and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are two identical temples within this temple complex viz., Hoysaleshwara and Shantaleshwa...  more »
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  • The biggest temple from the hoysala dynasty. Although belur temple is more popular, this temple is the biggest and has its own importance in terms of history, architecture and religion. Will not recommend taking a guide if you plan to go to belur - prefer taking a guide there.
  • Amazing historical place to visit. If you are interested in Karnataka's history and glory this is one of the place. It is advised to get a guide who will explain all the carvings and it's purpose, they charge around ₹300 plus tips.
  • This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. The temple style is Hoysala Architecture. It has amazing sculpture, if you wish to understand and explore further, employing guide will help. Don't miss the Nandi, I understand, it is one of the best looking sculpture. The base of the temple has interesting sculpture such as elephant, mythical beast, dancing girls, horse, puranic scenes and lions. Also don't miss the Ganesha statue at the western entrance. Temple is open for worship. A place worth a visit. Don't miss it.
  • Visitors to the temple are mostly tourist. It is not a piligrim station. Public is interested only in seeing the carving on walls, pillars, sanctum etc. There is no Pooja done or Arti done except in once in morning and evening. This is MOST disappointing that there is NO pooja and temple remains open from morning to evening. The Garbh Girh also remain open for the whole. The Garbh Girh should be closed instead of keeping it open for the whole day. We must respect the diety and temples should not be used for taking photograph ONLY. Same is with Chenna KeshvaTemple at Belure.
  • If you appreciate rock carvings Belur and Halebidu temples are must see. One will keep wondering how more than 1000 years back people couple could manage to build some awesome structures. Not much rush and one can peacefully visit and appreciate every part of the temple