Hoysaleswara Temple

Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid

Hoysaleswara Temple
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Very good

Amith Kumar S
Bengaluru, India208 contributions
Aug 2021
After visiting the beautiful temple at Belur, one has to visit the Hoysaleshwara Temple in Halebeedu. Both Belur and Halebeedu are part of the Hassan district and are the few remaining architectural marvels of the Hoysala Dynasty. Halebeedu was the ancient capital of the Hoysalas, the city never recovered post the attacks and has been in ruins for centuries now.

The temple is very clean and has a lot of beautiful stories associated with it. The parking is right around the corner, it would cost you 50 INR. You have some small eateries for you to get some snacks and fresh coconut water. There is no entry fee to the temple and one should spend on hiring a guide as they would explain everything about the temple and share some amazing stories.

The temple has stories about the Ramayana, Mahabharatha, and Bhagavad Gita. The guide would be more than happy to take you around and explain each of these stories in detail. It takes you a good hour or two to explore the temple. It is one of the biggest Shiva temples built during that era although now a lot has changed over the years and everything is not the same.
Written September 21, 2021
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Bengaluru, India105 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Located exactly 220 km from bangalore halebeedu is a place with multiple temples depicting hoysala architecture all over. Out of all temples hoysaleshwara temple stand out as it's in its complete form and survived the attacks during mughal period.

What to expect ?
You have 1000's of carvings portraying mythological stories. You can visit the temple in no particular order.
How long does it take?
It takes upto an hour to see all the art forms on the walls
How is the transit to halebeedu from bangalore?
You have excellent connectivity with lot of pit stops ( coffee shops , restaurants). The roads are good for self drive too

How much does it cost?
If you hire a guide it costs from 250 to 300. There is no entrance fee but if you want to visit the museum it costs you 25 per head. Parking is 50

What to carry?
Make sure you wear caps or umbrella as it might be blazing heat during summers. Also the stones might be hot so be prepared to walk fast
Written March 2, 2020
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Sushanth Rao
Pune, India175 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
Read about the temple and the Hoysalas in our history books, this temple just like Belur Chennakeshava temple is an architectural marvel. Built somewhere in the 12th century this is a prime attraction for the tourists here. There are many monolithic structures here and it is a treat to your eyes. The detailing provided in these structures through manual carvings are unbelievable. The carvings are even better than the ones you find in Hampi. A photographers paradise. The place is usually crowded. Parking is on the main road and usually crowded too as the street is usually busy. They charge Rs. 30 for a four wheeler. There is a footwear stand inside the complex which charges you Rs.5 per pair. This is a must visit place and would surely recommend.
Written December 27, 2020
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Croydon, UK523 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
Stellar example of hoyasala architecture.
King Vishnuvardhana built the Halebidu temple dedicated to lord shiva .
And ruled over this region Halebidu is known as Dvarasamudra during his reign .
Lot of invasions by Delhi sultanate Alauddin kohl ji during 14 th century left only ruins ..
The archeological department of India has now done a fantastic job by preserving this site and bringing back its glory .

🔸- Halebidu

Hassan district @karnatakaworld .
🔸Timings - 6:30 am to 6:30 pm

🔸Open all days of the week

🔸Entrance is free

Travel at peace to this archeological wonder take a tour guide and know the history behind this you will be amazed .
🔹travel tip - be there with a tour guide
🔹visit during winters
🔹summers are harsh
🔹be there by early morning 7am
🔹carry a bottle of water

That’s true India 🇮🇳
Archeological wonders as these need to be promoted .
I’m in love with this place .
Be there if you have not .
Written January 13, 2021
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95 contributions
Oct 2021
This temple will leave you spellbound. The entire temple is filled with sculptures and carvings of every kind, so intricate and accurate that you wont belief it was done in hard rock. It was constructed around 3000 years back, at the peak of the Hoysala rule and dedicated to Shiva. The 3 shiva lingas and the 3 Nandis facing the lingas are central to the temple. The outer facade has intricate carvings, each one surpassing the other in beauty and craftmanship. There is a large lawn surrounding the temple and a museum as well. This temple alongwith a few others in the vicinity are a must visit in Halebidu, Hassan district, Karnataka.
Written October 25, 2021
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Kovai Ponna
Chennai (Madras), India14 contributions
Apr 2022
A Sculptural wonder to be seen and admired. Lot and Lot and Lot of sculptures put together and made as a temple. Very minute carving to see and admire. As there is a saying that every stone is a sculpture, only thing is that the skilled artist removes the unwanted portion of the stone to reveal the real beauty that is hidden in that. And some body has done this.

Temple is maintained well. But there could be some more lightings inside and brightness could be improved. Lot of sculptures are damaged and further getting damaged.

A well maintained Lawn and a lake are there nearby to relax.

However this can be made a good tourist attraction by providing a proper parking lot, a good decent restaurants, Toilet facilities, eateries, some light and sound shows etc..,
Written April 20, 2022
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Mukul Pandey
28 contributions
Dec 2020
Hoysaleswara temple is a 12th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Visited this monument in Karnataka, built on the banks of a large man-made lake, and saw history, rather than read it. The profuse sculptures cast light on life and culture of 12th century South India. It is just about four hours drive from Bengaluru and a must visit gem of Indian architecture.
Written January 22, 2021
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Bengaluru, India298 contributions
Jan 2020
we visited this temple on our way from Bangalore to Chikmagalur....and what a nice stopover it proved to be. This temple is a beautiful HOYSALA structure with so intricate carvings on walls and roof. so much to learn about our ancient science and architecture. we hired a guide who told us so many science laden facts about the carvings. So much to learn and see. Impressed !!
Written February 12, 2020
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Geneva, Switzerland160 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Set beside a lake, this beautiful double temple is less well maintained than a similar construction at Belur but it’s vast, decorated interior is impressive nonetheless. The intricate carving covering the external walls shows incredible craftsmanship and the gardens make a perfect setting. The only disappointment was the on site museum in which the exhibits were lesser versions of the carvings seen in the temple.
Written January 26, 2020
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Navi Mumbai, India409 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The Hoyasaleshwara temple situated in Halebeedu or Dwarsamudra , as it was called in ancient times is perhaps a outstanding example of Hoyasala architecture. It is about 180 kms from Bangalore . It has a collection of ancient statues found at the site placed in a museum thereat. The main temple is of Dvikuta style of architecture. It maintained nicely and has a fairly clean loo in the compound. The external walls are sculpted with delicate figurines. Inside is covered with rounded pillars. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a jain temple too inside the complex. Further , there is a large statue of a Thirthankar placed within the complex. There are multiple eating joints outside the complex. A must for temple architecture lovers.
Written February 15, 2020
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