Halebid, which was the capital city of the Hoysalas in the 12th century, is located in the Indian state of Karnataka. Thousands of travelers from all over the world frequent this city to get an insight about the cultural richness of the country. Halebid in Karnataka is known for the Hoysala architecture, which are simply superb. It is situated at the distance of 16 kilometers from the historical destination of Belur.
Halebid is known for the presence of two architectural splendors. Hoysaleshawara and Kedareshwara temples are internationally famous and draws in large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over. Two Jain basadi are also the major attractions for the tourists visiting Halebid in Karnataka. You can find two huge pools in front of the temples. It is from these lakes, that the temples have been named. The Hoysaleshwara temple has two nandi bull figures built of monolithic rock at the side of it.
For the construction of the temples in Halebid, soap stone or Chloritic Schist were used. Though some of the sculptures and figures are destroyed by the invaders, the temple still manages to keep its charm and significance intact. You can find an archeological museum within the temple complex that exhibits the rich history of Halebid. You can also see the archeological displays, which are kept in this museum. This city suffered various invasions and as a result was named so, which means ruined city.
The temples of Halebid are rich in wealth and beautiful sculptural arts. You can find depictions form mythology engraved in the walls of the temples. Find the mythological creatures of Shilabalikas or dancing figures, animals and birds carved in the temples. The bulls that are placed at the entrance of the temples is said to guard the temple from evil forces. The Hoysaleshawara temple has been proposed to be included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Halebid is properly connected with other parts of the state. From the major cities of Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore, you can arrive at this destination either by railways or by roadways. Regular buses ply from Hassan to Halebid so that you can visit this historic site conveniently