Hoysaleswara Temple Halebidu is dedicated to Lord Siva. Halebidu means ruined city. Halebidu was originally known as Dwarasamudra as it had a huge lake. Incarnations of Lord Vishnu were sculptured on the temple walls. Temple’s walls are replete with the most richly sculpted friezes. There are scenes from the epics, The Mahabharata, Ramayana and the Bhagavata.
Shrines within the temple complex Hoysaleswara and Shantaleswara named after the King Vishnu Vardhana and His queen Shantala Devi.
Hoysaleswara Temple History
Temple was built by Ketamalla chieftain in the Hoysala King Vishnu Vardhan. It said that this temple construction took 30 years, which was started around 1121 AD and believed to be completed by Kedaroja in 1160 AD. Kedaroja, the chief architect of Vishnu Vardhana’s son and successor of Narasimha I ( 1142 – 1173 AD). Muslim invader Mallik Kafur ran over the region, looted and destroyed the temples in 14th century A.D.
A huge Nandi is seen outside the temple housed in a Nandi Mandapam. There is a Kannada inscription on the beautifully sculpted south door. The main shrine was built on a star-shaped base.
Hoysaleswara Temple Timings
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Archaeological museum Halebidu Timings
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Entry Fee: Rs.5
Free entry for children under 15 years of age.
How to reach Hoysaleswara temple Halebidu?
- The nearest International airport is at Mangalore which is 187 km away.
- Bengaluru International airport is 238 km away
- The nearest Railway station is at Hassan which is 30.2 km away
- From Hassan Temple is 30 km away. Direct bus to Hassan is available from all parts of Karnataka.
- 149 km from Mysore.
Places to visit
- Belur Chennakesava Temple is 30 min drive from this temple.
- Kedareshwara Temple is 1 km away.
- Shravanabelagola is 85 km away.
Hoysaleswara Temple Gallery
Reference Link: Temple History