Travel to Halebidu - Home of the Finest Indian Sculptural heritage

in steempress •  16 days ago


Halebidu Town has one of the finest Indian Sculptural Heritage which you should not miss to visit. Halebidu is located in Hassan District of Karnataka, India which was the capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. Halebidu means "old capital" because it was damaged, ransacked and looted by Islamic forces. When in Halebidu you should not miss visiting Hoysaleswara temple.

The Hoysaleswara temple is a twin-temple which has Hoysaleswara and Santaleswara Shiva Lingas. It also has two Nandi shrines outside which has faced the respective Shiva Lingas inside, as shown below :

View of Nandi from Temple
View of Nandi from Temple

The Hoysaleswara temple is notable for its sculptures, iconography, and history, few of them can be seen below :

Some Repeating Sculptures
Some Repeating Sculptures

The temple has four entrances, one which is on the northern side is normally used as the main entry which is close to the parking lot. There is one entry on the south side and two on the east side where the Nandi was seen.

Front View of Halebidu Temple
Front View / Northern Side of Halebidu Temple

Inside of Temple
East Entrance of the Temple


Nandi Shrine facing the Shiva Linga

Inside of Temple
Architecture of the Temple

The outer wall has images which narrate Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata Purana etc. Which includes Court Scene, Dancers, Krishna Lila, Hanuman giving ring to Sita, Natraj in Tandav Dance etc...

Stone Sculptures in Halebidu
Stone Sculptures in Halebidu

How to Reach Halebidu From Bangalore


It is 30 Kms from Hassan City and around 210 Kms from Bangalore. To travel to Halebidu from Bangalore you need to visit Hassan City either by Bus, Train or a Car and then there are a lot of local transports which will take you to the Hoysaleswara temple.

Best Time to Travel Halebidu


The best time to travel Halebidu is from November to March which is considerably cooler than other months.

Halebidu Temple Timings


The temple is open from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM but do try to visit before sunset. The museum timings are from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM which has an entry fee. In the afternoon it becomes too crowded so do try to visit early mornings.

Halebidu Entry Fee


There is no entry fee to visit the temple though to visit the Museum you need to get a ticket of Rs. 5.

Photography in Halebidu


Photography is allowed in the temple premises but it is prohibited in Museum.

Posted from my blog with SteemPress : https://placesinindia.com/halebidu-travel-india-sculpture-heritage/

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

This post was chosen to be voted by THEUNION in collaboration with STEEMPRESS.
theunion.png