Road: Well connected by road and 16 kms east of Belur.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
ATTRACTIONS OF HALEBID
Magnificent shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is the largest and the best among Hoysala temples.
Construction was started in 1121, by “Ketumalla’’, one of the officials of Vishnuvardhana and could be completed only by 1207.
Shrine is very similar to the Chenna Keshava temple at Belur, but its figures are more profusely carved.
Even after working diligently for about a century, there are still some unfinished portions in this amazing edifice.
Sculptural extravaganza has been lavishly praised by the experts, critics and common visitors.
Complex consists of two identical temples, each with its own array of navranga and sukhanasi and Nandi mandapas.
Both the sanctums have a characteristic star shaped ground plan and are set on a stone platform as seen in other Hoysala shrines.
Temple on the northern side is named Shantaleshwara, after Shantala Devi, the beloved queen of Vishnuvardhana, while the southern side shrine is the Hoysaleswara temple.
Two temple halls are joined by a common verandah creating a spacious columned interior.
Thousands of intricately carved sculptures depicting scenes from the mythological epics Ramayana, Mahabharta, puranic legends, beasts and beauties etc. adorn the temple walls.
There are about thirty five thousand sculpted pieces in the shrine, noted for their breathtaking beauty, bout the south doorway unrivalled for its filigree work is considered to be a masterpiece of delicate carving.
There is an Archaeological Museum in front of the Hoysaleswara.