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Hoysaleswara Temple

One of the largest Shiva temple of South India, Hoysaleswara temple located in Halebidu, 31 km from Hassan, is a remarkable monument of Hoysala architecture. The temple, constructed in 12th century during the reign of King Vishnuvardhana Hoysaleswara was named after this king.

Hoysaleswara temple complex comprises two Hindu temples and two Jain Bastis. The Jain bastis located within a garden enclosure have gleaming blackstone pillars and carved ceilings. The Hindu temple on the northern side is devoted to God Shanthaleshwara and that of the southern side to God Hoysaleswara. A monolithic Nandi bull statue is placed in front of these shrines. 

The temple complex faces a large water tank which was believed to be built in the middle of 11th century. The walls of the temple are covered with detailed friezes and sculptures depicting scenes narrated in Hindu epics. The various sculpture inside the temple like Krishna lifting mount Govardhana, Rama defeating the demon God Ravana etc. shows the excellence of the artisans' craft. 

The Archaeological Museum located on the temple premises displays 12th-13th Century sculptures, wood carvings idols, coins and inscriptions. It is opened on all days from 10am to 5pm except Fridays.

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