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    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage

    Duration(days) : 1 Days


    Halebidu - literally means "old city". This ancient city is famous for its beautiful rock carvings from Hoysala times.

    Halebidu was called Dorasamudra (or Dwarasamudra - meaning ‘entrance to the ocean’) in old times. It was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century.

    Most notable architectures in Halebidu are the Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara temples.

    The Halebidu temple complex consists of:
    •  Hoysaleshwara temple 
    •  Kedareshwara temple 
    •  Jain basadi (Parshvanatha Basadi, Shantinatha Basadi, Adinatha Basadi )
    •  Nandi bull monolith
    •  Archeological museum

    Soapstone (chloritic schist) was used for the construction of Halebidu temples. 

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    Hoysaleshwara temple

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    The Hoysaleshwara temple was built during 1121 AD under the rule of King Vishnuvardhana. It is the most remarkable structure in Halebeedu. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and shilabalikas or dancing figures. This temple has two shrines: One dedicated to Hoysaleshwara and the other to Shantaleshwara, named after Shantala Devi, wife of King Vishnuvardhana. The temple as such is dedicated to the Lord Shiva.
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      Kedareshwara Temple

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      Kedareshwara Temple is another beautifully carved temple in Halebeedu. The temple was constructed by Hoysala King Veera Ballala II and his queen Ketaladevi, and the main deity is Ishwara (another name for the Hindu god Shiva). The basement of the temple features sculptured friezes which depict The Ramayana, The Mahabharata and The Bhagvad Gita.
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        The Hoysaleshwara temple, is guarded by a Nandi bull. It is a monolith with fine carvings.
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          Jain basadis

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          The three Jain basadis in the temple complex are equally rich in sculptural detail. In the Parshvanatha Basadi - there is an 18 ft tall Parshvanatha tirthankara statue made of black granite stone. The Shantinatha Basadi - consists of an 18 ft tall statue of Shantinatha. And Adinatha Basadi houses an idol of Adinatha and Hindu goddess Saraswati.
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            Archaeological Museum

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            Archaeological Museum in Halebidu is an an open air museum, which houses countless sculptures, exhibits, inscriptions and more. Dancing Shiva, Nataraja and Veena Saraswati, dancing Ganesha, a bronze statue of a Tirthankara are some of the most significant sculptures and exhibits here.
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              By Air
              The nearest airport is at Mangalore and international airport is at Bangalore.


              By Train
              The nearest railhead near Halebidu is at Chickmagaluru, Hassan.


              By Road
              Halebidu has good road connectivity. Regular buses ply from neighboring cities.
              The twin city Belur is at a distance of 23 kms.