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Hoysaleswara Temple

Halebid, India
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Halebid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I visited this temple thrice. Halebeedu was the capital of southern Karnataka in 12th Century AD and was called Dorasamudra. Visiting this temple gives you an idea about how India was in middle ages. This city was sacked in 12th century by Muslim invaders from the north and the temple is partially destroyed. This temple along with the Belur and... More

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

Visited last week. Great architecture with mix of multiple centuries of belief. Nice garden in the surroundings. Only wish that the commercial stuff outside is reduced.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Much to our dissatisfaction, it was raining by the time we reached Halebidu. The Hoysaleswara temple, dating back to the 1100 AD., is simply wonderful for its wealth of sculptures. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and dancing figures. Yet no two sculptures of the temple are the... More

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Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This is well maintained temple with very good architecture.However, road is very poor. When we visited, we planned to cover both Halebidu and Belur in 2nd half since they were just 10 kms apart. But the road is under construction now and on top of that it rained heavily, so it really became horrible to drive because of which we... More

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Mysore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

If you are on a visit to Belur a visit to this place is recommended just for its immensely beautiful sculptures and interesting history. Less crowded and less frequented by visitors than Belur (Personally found it to be more better than the Belur temple for its beauty)its a treasure trove in the architectural circuit in South India. The massive stone... More

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

well maintained, stunning architecture, great carvings. it would be a must see in south india old temple circuit

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Halebidu was the 12th century capital of the Hoysalas. The Hoysaleswara temple was built during this time by Ketamala and attributed to Vishnuvardhana. You can see many website links about this temple, among them the most important are listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoysaleswara_Temple http://indianstemples.blogspot.in/2013/08/hoysaleswara-temple-in-halebid-karnataka.html http://templesofkarnataka.com/navigation/details.php?id=1 Halebidu is a small town, nothing much to see. But if you want to experience this small... More

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Bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

One of the marvelous piece of architecture in black stone. You can vivit it on the way to Chikamagalur and spend close to 2 hors in this place. This place is well maintained and still almost 70% of the carving at the exterior of the temple exist. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of depictions... More

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Impressive Temple complex built by Hoysala Rulers. The temple location is simply superb - it is surrounded by landscaped gardens and a lake behind. I personally felt that this temple complex is much better than the temple in Belur. Less crowded than Belur temple. Stone carvings are marvellous piece of work that stands testimony to time. If you closely notice,... More

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Superbly detailed, breathtaking architecture. There is a lot of storytelling involved and the carvings have great significance. So, please use the guide, its totally worth the expense. You can cover bth Belur and Halebidu in one morning

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