Sunday, January 12, 2014

Karnataka Heritage Series Part 2- Saravanabelagola and Halebidu


Shravanabelagola  is a city located in the Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka and is 158 km from Bangalore. The statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali at Śravaṇa Beḷgoḷa is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad. Chandragupta is said to have died here in 298 BC after he became a Jain monk and assumed an ascetic life style. Jainism in this place is 2000+ years old.

Shravanabelagola is located at 13 km to the south-east of Channarayapatna in the Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district of Karnataka. It is at a distance of 51 km south-east of Hassan, the district centre. It is situated at a distance of 12 km to the south from the Bangalore-Mangalore road (NH-48), 78 km from Halebidu, 89 km from Belur, 83 km from Mysore, 233 km from Mangalore, 17 km from Hirisave and 157 km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka.

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  Gommateshvara Bahubali

 Sculpture in a Pillar

 Entrance Arch Images

  Entrance Arch Images

Hoysaleswara Temple- Halebidu

Hoysaleswara temple is a temple dedicated to Hindu god Shiva. It was built in Halebidu (in modern Karnataka state, India) during the rule of King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. The construction was completed in 1121 CE. During the early 14th century, Halebidu was sacked and looted by Muslim invaders from northern India and the temple fell into a state of ruin and neglect. Previously known as Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra, Halebidu is 16 km from Belur, 31 km from Hassan and 149 km from Mysore, in the state of Karnataka, India.

According to art critic and historian S. Settar, from contemporary inscriptions it is known that the temple derives its name from the Hoysala ruler at that time, King Vishnuvardhana Hoysaleswara, though interestingly, the construction of the temple was initiated and financed by wealthy Shaiva (a Hindu sect) citizens of the city, prominent among who were Ketamalla and Kesarasetti.[1] The temple building activity was taken up in competition to the construction of the Chennakesava Temple at Belur, a Vaishnava (a Hindu sect) temple. It faces a large tank which was built in the middle of the 11th century and received water through channels from an ancient anecut (dam) built over the Yagachi River.[2] The tank preceded the temple by nearly 75 years. It is one of the largest temples dedicated to the god Shiva in South India.

 Excellent Carvings above the Entrance of the Main Shrine

Lakshmi Narayana

 Chenna Keshava(?)
 Dancing beauties
Lord  Siva
 Ugra Narasimha
 Row of Artists

 Arts and Crafts

 Lakshmi Varaha

 Elephants on
Ravana Lifting Mount Kailas and Rishabarooda



 Narasimha in a Style

 Ardha naari
 Bramha Deva(?)

 Gods in a Row
 Carvings on the Entrance

 Basavanna Gudi


 Artists of Hoysala


Aadithya The Sun God


Attahaasa of Narasimha

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Karnataka Heritage Series Part 1- BELURU

Here are some Architectural Beauties of Hoysala Built ChennaKeshava Shrine At Beluru.

The Chennakesava Temple, originally called Vijayanarayana Temple , was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana. Belur, which was an early Hoysala capital is in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, India. It is 40 km from Hassan city and 220 km from Bangalore. Chennakesava (lit, "handsome Kesava") is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Belur is well known for its marvelous temples built during the rule of the Hoysala dynasty, making it and nearby Halebidu favored tourist destinations in Karnataka state. These temple complexes have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Side view of the Shrine.

 In Morning Mist

 Long Corridor

 Sculptures in Side wall of Ranganayaki Shrine

NaraSimha on Garuda @ the Top of the Entrance 

 Beautifully carved Art and Culture Sculptures on the Top Corners  of the Shrine
  Beautifully carved Art and Culture Sculptures on the Top Corners  of the Shrine

 Carved Sculptures on the side walls

 Nara Varaha(as they say )

 Elephant Sculpture at the Entrance


 YaaLi Design

 NaraSimha Tearing HiranyaKashipu apart

 Gomuki, Through which the Abisheka Water comes out from the Sanctum sanctorum 

 Trivikrama and NaraVaraha

 A scene of War
 Ugra NaraSimha

 Elephants Parade

 Hoysala Symbol

 Naravaraha Stepping on Hiranyaksha


 Beautiful Sculptures on the walls

 One of the Dwara Palaka's of the main Shrine

 Kaala Bairava
 Symbols of Strength Courage and Speed.

  Kaala Bairava and Gajasamhara Moorthies( Forms of Lord Shiva)

Royal Symbol of The Great Hoysala's

These are Glimpse of  Hoysala architecture, To Enjoy them Fully Do Visit Beluru.