A cluster of Jain monasteries, Basadi Halli is a beautiful structure, famous for its highly polished pillars, looking like mirrors. Placed close to the Hoysaleswara temple, its complex comprises of 3 temples, each one being an architectural marvel. The 3 temples- Parswanathaswamy, Adinathaswamy and Shanthinathaswamy are open all days of the weak.
The most popular temple of Halebid, the Hoysaleswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Adorned with beautifully carved sculptures of dancing girls, Gods and Goddesses, animals and birds, the construction of the temple started in the 12th century. This star-shaped temple, a set of 2 same temples has different mandaps and sanctuaries. Nandi Bull statue and Lord Shiva’s chariot are two of the main highlights.
Built in Chalukyan temple architecture style, Kedareshwara temple consists of 2 Hoysala emblems. Popular for its amazingly carved sculptures, this temple was built in 1319 AD. Although the original shape of the temple was destroyed, but its basement houses an amazing collection of beautiful sculptures depicting tales of Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and Mahabharata and more.
Placed on an elevated platform made from soapstone, Shantaleswara Temple is a compilation of shrines, dedicated to Hoysaleswara and Shantaleswara, which stand adjacent to each other, facing towards the East. A marvelous proof of Hindu style of architecture, this temple has a sanctorum, which houses a Shiva Lingam as well as a museum. The temple boasts of a complex exterior but a simple interior.
Located at a distance of just 16 km, Belur was the capital of Hoysala rulers around 12 and 13th century. Known as Velapuri during that time, this quaint town is known for housing some very striking temples. Channakeshava temple and Chennigraya temple are two of the most popular temples in Belur, boasting of a magnificent architecture.