Hoysaleswara temple, also referred simply as the Halebidu temple, is a 12th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. It is the largest monument in Halebidu, a town in the state of Karnataka, India and the former capital of the Hoysala Empire. The temple was built on the banks of a large man-made lake, and sponsored by King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire. Its construction started around 1121 CE and was complete in 1160 CE.
The Hoysaleswara temple is a Shaivism tradition monument, yet reverentially includes many themes from Vaishnavism and Shaktism tradition of Hinduism, as well as images from Jainism. It is a twin-temple dedicated to Hoysaleswara and Santaleswara Shiva lingas, named after the masculine and feminine aspects, both equal and joined at their transept.
Architectural style: Hoysala architecture
Address: Halebeedu, Karnataka 573121
Phone: 081243 05845
Opening timings for Hoysaleswara Temple: All days of the week. 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is Bangalore and Mysore, from there one will have to reach the temple by road.
By Rail: The nearest railway station Hassan Railway Station (32 Kms).
By Road: The temple is very close to Halebid and there are regular buses plying from Halebid to Hassan.
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Within a few kilometers of the temple are numerous ruins of Hoysala architecture.
Jain temples, Halebidu: Jain Basadi complex in Halebidu, Hassan district consists of three Jain Basadis (Basti or temples) dedicated to the Jain Tirtankars Parshvanatha, Shantinatha and Adinatha. These temples were constructed in 12th century during the reign of Hoysala Empire and are now a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kedareshwara Temple: It is a Hoysala era construction in the historically important town of Halebidu, in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, India. It is located a short distance away from the famous Hoysaleswara Temple. The temple was constructed by Hoysala King Veera Ballala II and his queen Ketaladevi. The main deity is Ishwara (another name for the Hindu god Shiva). The temple is protected as a monument of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The Chennakeshava Temple: It is also referred to as Keshava, Kesava or Vijayanarayana Temple of Belur, is a 12th-century Hindu temple in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, India. The temple was built over three generations and took 103 years to finish. It was repeatedly damaged and plundered during wars, repeatedly rebuilt and repaired over its history. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu and has been an active Hindu temple since its founding.