Belur, Halebidu, Somnathpur are homes of some exquisite, mind blowing artistry of Hoysala Kingdom (10th C AD to 14th C AD). Belur was their first capital and then was Halebidu.
I am not gonna put anything in words now. Enjoy the feast for eyes of Chennakeshwara Temple at Belur and Hoysaleshwara Temple at Halebidu.
The intricate, exquisite sculptures - A strong feature of Hoysala Sculpture!
Rows n Rows of detailed Panels, placed in a perfect composition!
That's Narasimha tearing Hiranya Kasibu's abdomen!!!
That's Siva in Thandava (Trance) on Himalayas!!!
That's a dancing girl placed precariously, carefully, diagonal to the planes!!! Difficult? Very difficult? Indeed!!!
The Exquisite Star shaped platform - an innate feature of all temples built by the Hoysala Kings...
... and the play of light in the panels of the Star shaped platform!!!
I think, the word intricacy got its meaning here!
Check the third row from the top - Its a person meditating inspite of being hindered by elephants on either sides, followed by snakes on either sides!!!
Notice the 7 lines with the dot at the centre?
That's a scene picked right out of Ramayana. That's when Rama was tested by Sukreva, to confirm if Rama's arrow can pass through 7 oak trees in a row!!!
Astonished at the intricacy??? Coming soon with intricacy in a much smaller temple - Somnathpur. Wait n watch!!!
TO REACH THERE:
Hassan in the nearest big town for accomodation.
However accomodation in available in Belur, Halebidu and Somnathpur as well.
Hassan to Belur: 38 km
Hassan to Halebidu:33 km
Belur to Halebidu: 16 km