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Temples of Hoysala Empire in Karnataka - Part 2


India is a land of temples. And your India travel should cover almost every era, every dynasty that has happened in history. 

4. Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebeedu

Halebeedu or Halebidu is in Hassan District- Karnataka. The main attraction of this place is Hoysaleswara Temple belonging to the ear of Hoysala empire. 


Hoysaleswara Temple Halebeedu Karnataka

The temples are the perfect example of the Hoysala style architecture. The ornate pillars and walls depict a variety of hindu mythological stories. A huge Nandi guards the temple.


ornate temple entrace halebeedu
Ornate Entrance of the Temple with Dwarapalas (guards), 
Hoysaleswara temple, Halebeedu

ornate ceiling hoysala temple in halebeedu
 Ceiling of the temple entrance.

Nandi at halebeedu temple
 Nandi, Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebeedu

lakshminarayan at halebeedu
Lakshminarayan at Hoysaleswara Temple,Halebeedu

arjuna in halebeedu temple
 Arjuna at Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebeedu

darpana sundari in halebeedu
The famous Darpana Sundari - Beauty with mirror

Ganesha in Halebeedu temple
Ganesha in Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebeedu.

ornate wall base in haelbeedu

Shilabalikas, dancing ladies are the main attraction of their sculpture.

5. Kedareshwara Temple, Halebeedu

Kedareshwara Temple is another attraction of Halebeedu.Visitors to Halebeedu usually skip this temple, since is lesser known than Hoysaleswara Temple. Thus, this temple is more calm and peaceful than the former. The detailed photography of the carvings has more scope at this temple. :)
 
It is located at a short distance from Hoysaleswara Temple in the town of Halebeedu. The diety of worship here is Lord Ishwara.


Ganesha Kedareswara temple Halebeedu
 Ganesha at Kedareswara Temple, Halebidu

krishnakalinga mardana Kedareswara temple Halebeedu
Kalinga Mardhana - Krishna dancing on Kalinga (5 headed serpent)

mahishasura mardini Kedareswara temple Halebeedu
Mahishasura Mardhini - Goddess slaining the demon Mahishasura.

shiva parvati nandi Kedareswara temple Halebeedu
Shiva-Parvathi riding on Nandi bull

vamana Kedareswara temple Halebeedu
Vamana recieving offers from King Bali

natya shanthala Kedareswara temple Halebeedu
Natya Sharada (Goddess Sharada Dancing Posture)

shardula in Kedareswara temple Halebeedu
Makara/Shardula captured at Kedareshwara Temple, Halebeedu.


Makara, a mythical animal combining the body of a fish, the tail of a peacock, the mouth of a crocodile, the ears of a pig and the eyes of a monkey.

How to reach Halebeedu?

Halebeedy is well connected by road from major cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan and Mangalore. Halebeedu is 216 Km from Bangalore by road.

Nearest Airport: is Bangalore.
Our route (by road): Belur to Halebeedu, 17 km

6. Hoysala Kalyani, Hulikere

Hulikere is about 3 kms from Halebeedu. It lies on the Halebidu - Hagare road. The beauty of the kalyani (or well) lies in the oranted sanctum like structures around the well. The Hoysala Kalyani is a underground well constructed with steps in all sides to step down to the deeper levels of the well.


Hoysala kalyani Hulikere


This well surrounded by 12 sanctums with pinnacle and 14 without pinnacle. It is believed that the 12 sanctums represent the zodiac signs.

There is a belief that Shathala Devi, queen of King Vishnvardhana used to bathe here in the Kalyani/Pushkarni/Tank of Hulikere.


Hoysala Pushkarni well Hulikere



7. Lakshminarasimha Temple, Javagal

Javagal is about 50 km from the city of Hassan. From Halebeedu it is situated at a distance of 20 km. Javagal has the one of the prides of Hoysala Empire, Lakshminarasimha Temple. 


lakshminarasimha temple javagal

This is a trikuta (3 deities) temple. The temple tower/vimana over the central shrine is highly decorative. The main diety is Lord Narasimha. It was built by the Hoysala King Vira Someshwara.

ornate walls of javagal temple
The ornate walls with a pipe line hole for the abhisheka to pass out.

Lord Vishnu at javagal Hoysala Temple
 Lord Vishnu, Lakshminarasimha Temple, Javagal

Venugopal at javagal hoysala temlpe
Venugopal (Krishna with his flute)

Indra on elephant javagal temple
Indra on his elephant

How to reach Javagal?

Javagal is well connected by road from Hassan (around 50 Km) and from Halebeedu (about 20 Km)


Our Route (by road): From Hulikere, Javagal is just about 7 km

8. Ishwara Temple, Arasikere

Arasikere is town in Hassan District. Arasikere is situated at a distance of 40 km from teh city of Hassan in Karnataka.The Hoysala temple at Arasikere is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 


Ishwara temple arasikere hoysala


Ishwara Temple at Arasikere is one of the most complex temples of Hoysalas. This temple has a 16 pointed star shaped hall. 


star mantapa arasikere temple
 Star shaped manatapa/hall of Ishwara Temple, Arasikere.

prayer hall arasikere hoysala temple
Prayer Hall in the Mantapa of the temple.

The temple tower is rich in sculptures. The whole temple shows the skilled workmanship.

ornate walls ishwara temple arasikere
 Ornate Pillar Wall of Ishwara Templ, Arasikere

tower of hoysala temple arasikere
Tower/Vimana of Ishwara Temple, Arasikere.

How to reach Arasikere?

Our route(by road): Javagal to Arasikere, the distance is 30 Km 

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