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The lost temple : Hoysaleswara Temple, Karnataka

The walls of Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebidu, Karnataka, India, are adorned with intricate sculptures of several Hindu deities.
The Hoysaleswara temple, which dates from 1121 C.E., is remarkable for its wealth of sculptural details. The temple’s walls are covered with depictions of Hindu mythology, animals, birds, and Shilabalikas, or dancing figures. However, no two temple sculptures are alike. Despite 86 years of labour, this magnificent temple guarded by a Nandi Bull was never completed. The nearby Jain basadi is equally rich in sculptural detail. Belur and Halebid are located 222 and 216 kilometres away from Bangalore, respectively. This temple is now being considered for UNESCO World Heritage status.

Halebidu is in the Hassan District of Karnataka, India. In the 12th century, Halebidu (previously known as Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra) was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire. The ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are among the best examples of Hoysala architecture. Halebidu literally translates to “ruined city.” This name was given because the Bahmani Sultanate destroyed the city twice.
Halebidu was the Hoysala capital in the 12th century. During this period, Ketamala constructed the Hoysaleswara temple, which was dedicated to Vishnuvardhana, the Hoysala ruler. It is dedicated to Hoysaleswara and Shantaleswara, who are named after the temple’s architect, Vishnuvardhana Hoysala, and his wife, Queen Shantala.

It was then sacked by Malik Kafur’s armies in the early 14th century, after which it fell into disrepair and neglect.

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