Art Attack @ Belur and Halebeedu

It was Sunday morning and our trip was fixed: to cover Belur, Halebeedu and Shravanabelagola.

I prefer to write less in this as I choose the pictures to speak for themselves..One among the very few well maintained monuments in Karnataka- The Hoysala Style of architecture is a treat for the art-buffs.

Wikipedia Extract for Hoysala architecture: Hoysala architecture (Kannadaಹೊಯ್ಸಳ ವಾಸ್ತುಶಿಲ್ಪ) is the building style developed under the rule of the Hoysala Empire between the 11th and 14th centuries, in the region known today as Karnataka, a state of India. Hoysala influence was at its peak in the 13th century, when it dominated the Southern Deccan Plateau region. Large and small temples built during this era remain as examples of the Hoysala architectural style, including the Chennakesava Temple at Belur, the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu, and the Kesava Temple at Somanathapura.

The Hoysala Symbol- with founder Sala and the Tiger

We started at around 6.00.a.m from Bangalore to Belur in a KSRTC bus. Then to Halebeedu in a local bus. Then to Channarayapatna from where we took KSRTC to Shravanabelagola.. And back to Bangalore in KSRTC.

So.. Over to the photos to do the talking…@Belur- Chennakesava Temple

Belur
Intricate carvings on the temple wall

Belur (31)

LakshmiNarasimha Statue
LakshmiNarasimha Statue

Belur (31)Belur (31)Belur (31)

Madalike
MadalikeThe  Kesava TempleThe Kesava Temple

Shantala- the wife of  King Vishnuvardhana was so mesmerised by the Sculptures of the dancing ladies carved here in different postures, that she used to dance with these Madalikes or ShilaBalikas in her dreams.

View from the entrance of the temple complex
View from the entrance of the temple complex

@Halebeedu: Hoysaleswara Temple

Hoysalas founded their dynasty with Belur as the capital initially. Later, the capital was shifted to Halebidu.

Halebidu (27)
World’s sixth largest monolithic Nandi statue

Halebidu (25)Halebidu (15)Halebidu (8)Halebidu (2)Belur (31)

@Shravanabelagola

This is one of the most important pilgrimage places for the Jains. Also, this is considered to be the largest monolithic stone statue in the World.  ShravanaBelagola has 2 hills- Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri. The statue is on the Vindhyagiri hill.

The Gomateshwara StatueThe Gomateshwara Statue 

A view from the Vindhyagiri hills

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