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The Hoysala Dynasty


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The Hoysala dynasty: 1000 A.D. to 1346 A.D.

Founded by a tribal chief Nripa Kama, the dynasty is well remembered for the beautifully carved temples of Belur, Halebidu, Somanathapur, Shravanabelagola and others. Sandwiched between the Cholas to the south and the Badami Chalukyas in the north, Hoysala kings had a difficult time to keep their kingdom intact. But this did not affect their prosperity and administrative stability. Like most kings from Karnataka, Hoysalas were famous for their religious tolerance. They were also great patrons of art and culture.

Examples of Hoysala Art

  Lady Drummer Huntress -- Sculpture from Belur

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