I went on a Heritage tour to Hassan district, Karnataka to explore and study the Hoysala temples and it’s architecture in the beginning of the month. I was accompanied by some of my good friends Dr.Praveen, Dr.Girish & Dr.Vamsi mohan. This post is just an introductory post of few important Hoysala temples. I will be writing more in detail about these temples in my coming posts.
The finest expression of the artistic consciousness of humankind is what you see in the temples of Belur, Halebid and Somnathpur in Karnataka.
How many years did this romance between chisel and the stone take to produce these rhapsodies in sculpture?
What provoked them to do extreme hard work in creating such marvels?
What motivation made them to create such art?
How did Hoysalas aesthetic sense found such beautiful art?
How did beauty find so many manifestations?
These are the questions that raised in my mind while wandering around these jewels in Hassan district which sprang from the kingdom of Hoysalas…These temples go beyond the limits and speak volumes, about it’s culture, civilization and most importantly its relentless pursuit of perfection.
Keshava Temple, Somnathpur:
This temple was built by Somanatha, a general of Hoysala Narasimha III funded by the king. It was completed in 1269. Somnathpur is just 36 kms from Mysore.
Chennakesava Temple, Belur:
Belur was an early Hoysala capital in Hassan district. This temple was built in 12th century by the king Vishnuvardhana. Belur is 220kms away from Bangalore.
Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid:
Halebid was the original capital of Hoysalas. Hoysaleswara Temple was built by Ketamalla, an officer of King Vishnuvardhana. The construction was started around 1120 CE and completed in 1150 CE. This temple is older than Chennakesava temple, Belur. Halebid is 16kms from Belur and 150 kms from Mysore.
Stay tuned to know more about these Marvels…!! 😉