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The Hoysaleswara Temple of Halebidu

by Vikas Kamat
First Online: January 01,2099
Page Last Updated: December 22,2007

Previously: Introduction to Hoysala Art & Architecture An Introduction to Hoysala Architecture and Temples of Belur


The Hoysaleswara temple in the town of  Halebidu (a.k.a. Halebid) built  about 1121 C.E., is a spectacular monument of Hoysala period for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and Shilabalikas or dancing figures. Yet no two sculptures of the temple are the same. The following are some pictures from the temple.

Hoysala Art of Halebidu


History of Halebidu

This town once was a prosperous capital of the Hoysala kings (before moving to nearby Belur). It is said that Mir Kafur, a cruel eunuch who led the Islamic invasion of the Delhi Sultanate in the South, invaded the town by betrayal and deceit, and was primarily responsible for ruining and looting it.


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