Belure & Halebid is an heritage site in the district of Hassan. It has some of the best temples built during the Hoysala dynasty.
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The Hoysaleshwara temple is a sculptural marvel, made as standing on a platform enriched with most finely detailed scrollwork in stone. This star-shaped temple is a pair of two similar temples with separate sanctuaries and mandapams next to each other. Outside there is a Nandi (Bull), the chariot of Shiva, and a hilltop, in which the Palace stood, connected to the temple by a passageway. The ramparts of the temples are adorned with variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Garuda Stambha (Pillar) is a worthy note structure of Hoysaleswara Temple.
The remarkable structure of this temple, with Shivlingam in the sanctorum, has been commended as a perfect prototype of Hindu style of architecture. Its architecture is considered as the pinnacle of Indian architecture. In the exteriors, the structure seems to be very complex while the interiors are really simple constructions. The exterior walls of the temple have an impressive range of sculptures made out of stones. A museum with ancient sculpture and the gold coins at that time attracts the visitors. The stature of mortals and immortals are superior and are skillfully placed, in shining splendid black stone.
The Kedareshwara temple, assumed to be built in 1319 AD, is a collapsed structure now that has never been restored to its original shape. Besides the stylishly engraved walls and the ceiling, the basement of the temple showcases a plethora of sculptured friezes highlighting stories of the epics Ramayana, Mahabharata and the renowned Bhagavad Gita.
The sanctorum houses a Kedareshwara (Shiva) Linga made by Krishnashila, a variety of black stone. To the south of it is Brahma linga and the statue of Janardhana at the north. The temple has three summits with middle one is bigger than the other two. The statues of Tandaveshwara, Uma Maheshwara, Bhairava, Varaha and many other gods illustrate the mythology behind the summits. All these sculptures give the clear picture of the cultural greatness and artistic achievements of Chalukyas.
It is a group of Jain monasteries famous for its pillars, which are highly polished almost resembling mirrors. Basadi Halli is very near to Hoysaleswara temple.
Although this complex consists of three temples, the famous is the Parswanathaswamy Temple, which has a 14 ft high figure made of black stone. A seven-headed serpent has been imprinted on the head of this figure. Adinathaswamy (central mandir) and Shanthinathaswamy (located at east of Shanthinathaswamy) are the other two temples here.
The temples are open all days and there is no fee to enter.
The main attraction in Belure known as Velapuri during Hoysala period, is the Chennakesava temple complex, which contains the Chennakesava (Lord Vishnu) as the central deity, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple constructed by Shantaladevi, queen of famous king Vishnuvardhan.
Belure, capital during Hoysala kingdom for a short duration, was constructed to mark the victory of the king Vishnuvardhana of Talkad against Cholas. The Channakeshava temple is one of the finest structures using soft soapstone during Hoysala period and presently is one of the famous tourist destinations in India. As per saying, the beauty of this temple is inside as there are 48 pillars carved in different designs. There are a number of foreigners thronging the place.