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Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid

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Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Admire exquisite stonemasonry at Hoysaleswara Temple, an ancient Shiva temple complex with ornate carvings and impressive pillars built in soapstone. Walk through a maze of pillars amidst countless carved and bas-relief images of deities. Built in the 12th century, the complex features two major shrines and two auxiliary ones erected on a lofty terraced platform. A dancing image of Lord Ganesha and Garuda pillar with ancient Kannada language inscriptions are among the highlights. Check out the base of the temple walls with a train of elephants, lions, horses, scrolls and mythical creatures. Get a guide for explanation of all the details. Hoysaleswara Temple is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • Gorgeous temple maintained exceptionally well. The carvings are really something. I spent about an hour here. Heavily recommended - skip Belur and come here :) Thankfully the space is quite and...  more »
  • A 12 century Shiva temple built by King Vishnuvardhana of Hoysala era...A must visit for history lovers...a guided tour is a must..the registered guides take approx 300/ for 30 min  more »
  • Hoysaleshwara temple is architectural marvel. Beautiful Temple, if you have not seen it you are missing out life. Amazing sculptures and rock is like wood. The carvings are so beautiful and humanly impossible finish. It has withstood all extreme weather for more than 800 years Quiet, solid, aesthetically gorgeous, and still. This is what I experienced. More than just knowing the history, for which many guides are available... just be there. Sit quietly and breathe. It's an experience to savour over a life time. Trees are much much needed here. It will help provide shelter as well bring in some cool breeze. Manicured lawns do lend greenery to the space. Trees, huge ones with flowers will completely beautify the architectural splendour. And will be a gift to Mother Earth.
  • Marvellous! The inscriptions are simply superb. Outside the temple, ample parking is available. Car parking costs 50 Rs. And there are enough vendors for coconut water/tea etc.
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