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Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebid

Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid in Karnataka extols the superiority of Hindu architecture. This 12th century temple is one of the most ornate temples built by Hoysala. The shrine is known for its minute details. Literally several thousands of sculptures adorn this wonderful temple.

Hoysaleswara Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva.

The temple is divkuta, having two sanctum sanctorums, two sukanasis and two navarangas. It appears like two temples were built symmetrically side by side and was connected by a small corridor.

The temple is in the form of a star and stands on a platform. The shrine is built of soapstone.

The southern shrine has a linga named Vishnuvardhana and the northern side has a linga named Shantaleshwara.

In front of the navarangas are two nandimandapas and in the far east is a shrine for Surya.

The horizontal friezes of the shrine has sculptors illustrating episodes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavad Purana.

Above the friezes are thousands of sculptures of various gods and goddesses in Hindu pantheon.

The most important and striking sculptures are that of Ganesha, Saraswati, Shiva in various forms, Brahma, dancing Lakshmi, Narasimha, Venugopala, different forms of Vishnu, Umamaheswara, Durga etc.