The architectural finesse, together with the picturesque settings has made Hoysaleshwar Temple, Halebid one of the most popular Tourist Attractions in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is rated highly among the various Temples in Karnataka.
History of Hoysaleshwar Temple, Halebid
The Hoysaleshwar Temple in Halebid, India was constructed in the 12th century A.D. under the supervision of King Vishnuvardhana Hoysala who was the ruler of the Kingdom of Hoysala. The temple also houses the idols of Hoysaleshwara and Santaleshwara which have got their name from that of the king and his wife Queen Santala.
Description of Hoysaleshwar Temple, Halebid
Built amidst lush green lawns, the Hoysaleshwar Temple in Halebid, Karnataka is situated on a pedestal that is in the shape of a star. The walls of the Halebid Hoysaleshwar Temple bear ornate carvings of Hindu gods and goddesses, sages, birds, and animals. The sanctum has been constructed on astral plan and has structures like Sukhanasi, Navaranga, and Nandi Mandapa.
There is also a museum located in the temple complex that exhibits statues, busts, and sculptures of that have been recovered from the ruins by the Archaeological Department.
Some of the other important temples that are located in the vicinity of Halebid Hoysaleshwar Temple are the Jain Temples devoted to the Adinath, Santhinath, and Parshwanath.
Hoysaleshwar Temple stands at Halebid which was originally, the capital of the Kingdom of Hoysala. Halebid on the other hand is 17 kilometers away from Belur. Banavar is the nearest Railhead while the Mangalore Airport, which is 148 kilometers away from Belur, serves as the nearest airport.