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Hoysaleswara temple is a Shiv tradition temple situated in Halebidu or Dwarasamudra in Karnataka and literally known as Halebidu temple. The temple was built by King Vishnuvardhan of Hoysala empire in 1121 AD and made out of soapstone.
Interesting Facts of Hoysaleswara temple
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The twin temples have two shrines dedicated to Hoysaleswara and Shataleswara, to represent the masculine and feminine form of Shiva with lingam. The design and decoration of the temple was made by famous architect kedoraja.

Unique features of Hoysaleswara temple :

Twin temples: 

Interesting Facts of Hoysaleswara temple
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  • The Hoysaleswara temple has two twin temples with same size and open towards sunrise. 
  • Both temples consist of two shiv lingam in sanctum and seated Nandi bull which faces towards the sanctum. 

Star shaped Plan: 


  • This is a salient feature of Hoysala architecture. Most temples are built in rectangular and Square plans but this temple is built on star shaped plans. 
  • There were two main purposes of its star-shaped plan. Firstly, it was provided to outline shikara itself and in this respect it could not have been otherwise. Secondly, it provided more space to sculptors because it is not possible on a straight and indented surface. 
  • Star shaped plan helps visitors to provide a closer look of wall sculptures and ornamentation.

Soapstone temple : 

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  • The most important feature of Hoysala architecture is a special type of stone used.
  • The stone is fine grained greenish or blackish chloritic schist which is easily malleable and ductile during carving but becomes hard when exposed to air and sun. This stone is popularly known as “Soapstone”. 

The Jagati :

  •  The Jagati or platform is another important feature of Hoysala architecture temple.
  • There is not any Padakshimapatha or circumambulatory passage in the temple and also in a star shaped plan platform which provides outlines of Shikara and Sukhansi. The function on Hoysaleswara temple performs on open circumambulatory passage.
  •  It helps visitors to provide enough space to perform rituals and carved out sculptures in different sizes

Intricately carved platform : 

Interesting Facts of Hoysaleswara temple
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  • The carved workout in the Hoysaleswara temple is so beautiful which explains the greatness of the sculptor. The six ft. Jagati carved out many sculptures in various sizes.
  •  The friezes of the lower part of Platform are many minutes, one cannot appreciate their beauty unless you can see them from a nearby position climbing up this Jagati.
  • The carved sculptures in the platform explains the stories of the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad.
  •  The lower half of outer wall is divided into four horizontal levels in which first layer carved elephants, second layer lions, third layer scenes of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad, and four layer has carved floral designs.
  •  The upper part of the outer wall depicts statues of Hindu deities such as Shiv Parvati, Vishnu and Krishna etc.The Intricately carved is considered to be “masterpieces of South Asian art”. 

Lathe Pillars: 
Interesting Facts of Hoysaleswara temple
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  • The pillars in Hoysaleswara temple were built from soapstone which was easily carved out but has unique hand lathing without a standralization. 
  • The pillars are highly polished with horizontal moulding. 
  • The pillars have circular rings around the pillars but this is not possible without machines. 
  • The pillars are not affixed to ceiling and floor but rather rotate in place to stone ball bearings fixed within pillars and cap cylindrical. 

Gaurda pillars : 


  •  The pillars in Hoysaleswara temple dedicated to the selected bodyguards of Kings and Queens of Hoysala dynasty known as Guardas.
  •  The pillar literally known as Garuda stambha. They moved their Kings and Queen, after die of both they committed sucided himself. 
  • The south side of the temple is a pillar in which these heroes flanked knives and cutting their own head in hand and inscription in pillar commeratorate Kuruva Lakshma ( bodyguard of Veera Ballala II). 

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