temple is another great example of temple architecture the twin
temples of Hoysaleshwara, Kedareshwara
built by Vishnuvardhana
and Ballala-II at Halabeed.
Sequences from Ramayana, Mahabharatha & Bhagavatha are depicted on the
outer walls of these temples. The efficiency and experience of the
sculpture, who had carved these stories in stone is bewitching.
standing on a platform like a casket, richly endowed with most finely
detailed scroll work in stone. Inside its dark depths, the queen
Shantala Devi beckons from an alcove. The figure of mortals and
immortals are larger compared to Belur and are beautifully
chiseled, in shining black stone. The walls of the temples are covered
with variety of gods and goddesses, animals , birds and dancing girls.
There is a museum on the lawn with 12-13th century sculpture and the
gold coins in use at the time. The temple faces a large tank which was
built in the middle of the 11th century and received water through
channels from an ancient anecut (dam) built over the Yagachi
The Hoysaleswara temple,
dating back to the 1121 C.E., is astounding for its wealth of sculptural
details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of
depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and Shilabalikas or
dancing figures. Yet no two sculptures of the temple are the same. This
magnificent temple guarded by a Nandi Bull was never completed, despite
86 years of labour. The Jain basadi nearby are equally rich in
sculptural detail.Belur and Halebid are 222 and 216 km from Bangalore,
respectively. This temple is now being proposed as UNESCO World Heritage
The Kedreshwara temple
where the sculptor's virtuosity seems to have surpassed even the
goldsmith's skill in its sheer intricacy.
One Km from Halebeed is Basti Hill
where there are Jain Basties with gleaming black stone pillars.
How to Reach
Halebeed is 17 Km from Belur and 30 Km
from Hassan. Regular bus services and Taxies are available both from
Hassan and Belur.