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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Very beautiful architecture . I guess this is the only architecture still in better condition as compared to other places like aihole pattadakallu... Spend some time here . Preferably go in the morning or evening

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Like the Chennakesava temple, this is again a treasure chest of brilliance. You have to visit it to experience it for yourself. The 12th century sculptures fell into a state of ruin after Muslim invaders attacked and looted the Hoysala empire in the 14th century. Nevertheless, the sculptures will just blow your mind away. You will find yourself imagining in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Since they are located so close to each other generally you always combine your Belur and Halebidu visits. Just like the Chennakeshava temple at Belur, the Hoysaleshwara temple also contains lot of intricate stone carvings depicting instances and stories from Hindu mythology. As per history both these temples have been built competing with each other and if that is the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We visited Belur and Halebid on an overcast, drizzly day, which was just perfect to do some sight-seeing. Like the temple at Belur, the Hoysaleswara temple is also covered with beautiful carvings. They are extremely intricate and one can imagine how many years it would have taken to build the temple. Two monolithic Nandi bulls are also in the complex.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Positives: This place is an architectural marvel. The soap stone for its softness has made possible such intricate architectural masterpieces. The outside of this temple is the real wonder. The depictions are mostly from the Hindu mythology. Having some understanding of the mythological stories and personalities makes the experience here more overwhelming. Getting a guide would be a good idea.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Halebidu was once the capital of the 12th century Hoysala Empire and this temple is suitably grandiose. The architecture is pleasing and the temple is set in lovely gardens, but it is the stone carving that is the main attraction. The temple is covered in incredibly detailed and well-preserved carvings. The carvings truly are spectacular. If you enjoy temples such... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Complete with the smooth and picturesque drive from Chikmagalur, in the pleasant highlands weather and drizzle (in June), Belur and Halebidu made a great day in our itinerary. Populated when we went with equal parts DSLR-weilding travellers, god-fearing locals and work-seeking tourist guides, the temples in both Belur and Halebidu are hardly crowded, allowing us to walk in, out and... More

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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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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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