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Halebidu is a sanctuary town in Hassan region of Karnataka. It is well known for its tenth century Hoysaleswara Temple which is recorded as one of the world legacy destinations.

Halebidu (IAST: Haḷēbīḍ, likewise Halebeedu or Halebid, actually "old capital, camp") is a town situated in Hassan District, Karnataka, India. Halebidu (which utilized

to be called Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra) was the majestic capital of the Hoysala Empire in the twelfth century. It is home to probably the best instances of Hoysala

engineering. Most remarkable are the fancy Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara sanctuaries. The city got the name "Halebidu" on the grounds that it was harmed and betrayed into

"old capital" subsequent to being scoured and plundered twice by Islamic powers of the Delhi Sultanate in the fourteenth century.

The town is known for its sanctuary buildings:


Hoysaleshwara sanctuary

Kedareshwara sanctuary


Parshvanatha Basadi

Shantinatha Basadi

Halebidu is associated by street and rail to Hassan (30 km), Mysore (150 km) and Mangalore (184 km). It is near Belur, known for its Vaishnavism Hindu sanctuaries.

Get in

From Hassan

Halebidu and Belur are communities close Hassan city. Sightseers as a rule remain in Hassan city and achieve one of these spots first and go to the next before returning to

Hassan. There are transports each ten or fifteen minutes to Halebid from/to Hassan which is 28km and 45mins away while there is a transport each 30 minutes from/to Belur.

From Elsewhere

You can get an administration transport for 25 rupees from Banavara, itself on a noteworthy expressway and effectively available from many significant intercity transport lines.


Hoysaleswara sanctuary. The sanctuary is well known for its moment carvings in dark stone. The lower half of the external divider has stone cut even stips with carvings of

Elephants at base, Lions in Second layer, Scenes of Story of Mahabharata and Ramayana in third dimension and Floral Design in fourth dimension. The upper Part of Outer

dividers portray statues of Hindu Deities, for example, Shiva Parvati, Krishna, Vishnu, Varaha Rup, Narsimha and so forth. The Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. There are two

Sanctuaries. An enormous Nanadi (which is the 'vahan' of Lord Shiva and is along these lines dependably before the Shiva sanctuary) statue is before every Shiva sanctuary. The 2 Nandi

rules at this sanctuary are viewed as among the most lovely of the 7 enormous Nandi statues that enhance different sanctuaries in South India. The brilliantly cleaned

completion of the scupture is amazing for the way that even after hundreds of years, the stone has an exceedingly intelligent sheen; a method not yet completely comprehended. One needs to

take off shoes before entering the Temple. There is shoe storeroom for Rs. 3 for every pair of Shoe. It is fitting to Leave shoes in vehicle if u have your very own or procured

one. The shoe guardian may request more cash expressing that the board kept is old one and rates are modified and so forth. On the edge of the Temple complex one can have a

delightful perspective on the River. It is prudent to enlist a manual for comprehend the complex completely, The guide charges around Rs. 300, The equivalent might be debatable (depending

upon the season and surge). The guide will by and large take you around the sanctuary - demonstrating to you the features and giving you the essential data. Try not to stop to take

photos at that organize as the guide won't expand your time past a limit of 40 minutes.Interested guests ought to anyway take another round of the sanctuary (

there is no confinement and no new ticket required). Have an all the more comfortable round of the whole sanctuary complex to truly value the moment subtleties in the carvings. The

sanctuary territory isn't extremely enormous and this won't take an aggregate of over 2 hours. This would likewise give you plentiful chance to take all the photographs that you need. The

carvings are for the most part in a delicate stone (soapstone) which has enabled the craftsmen to catch wonderful subtleties. The carvings are not only enlivening but rather

portray significant scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharat. They are amazing craftsmanship and furthermore are weighed down with imagery. alter

Gallery, On the principle sanctuary grounds. 9-5, shut Fridays. For the most part a gathering of figures, with some wood carvings, maps and photographs too. 5 rupees just (for

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Jain Basadis. Approach at the gallery ticket office for a free pamphlet, this has a guide on which you can perceive how to arrive. alter



Nourishment at Halebidu may be an issue on the off chance that you are not a south Indian. Thus it is smarter to convey nourishment from Hassan or reach Belur.

Government Restaurant, Inside the Government Hotel (100m past the transport station, inverse the fundamental sanctuary). Breakfast-10PM. Pick between secured in the open air

eating on the yard, or feast in the greenhouse. A decent determination of north and south Indian dishes, just as some token western things. Estimated somewhat higher than

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A little eatery inverse the Canara Bank gives scrumptious fish curry and chicken at sensible cost.

Portrayal about the sanctuary

The Hoysaleshwara Temple is arranged at Halebeedu. The previous name of Halebeedu was Dwarasamudra - which means (the way to the sea)

The sanctuary is a Dvikuta (which means sanctuary with two Vimana/Gopura) committed to Hoysaleshwara and Shantaleshwara. Before the sanctuary there are two Nandi Mantapas which are in all respects delightfully cut and draws in ones consideration right away.

The sanctuary is confronting East heading and there are four passageways one on the North, one on the South and two from the East. On the off chance that one enters from the Northern Door, one can discover lovely carvings of Dwarapalakas of Lord Shiva, at the passage of the entryway lavishly adorned with trimmings and weapons. On the highest point of the passageway one can discover carvings of Makara which is an otherworldly creature made out of Peacock, Elephant, Lion, Pig and Crocodile.

As we enter the sanctuary, you remain before Shantaleshwara divinity who is as a Shiva Linga and Navaranga under which you are standing is loaded up with moment subtleties and takes a sharp eye to see increasingly about it. Again the Dwarapalakas are cut with incredible measure of subtleties and you have to begin watching each piece of the structure directly from Crown till the foot. This piece of the sanctuary is lit from both the doorways and it is fitting to plunk down in the Navaranga and begin looking onto the rooftop to discover the Astadik Palakas.

As we continue further, one can see the long entry secured with different sorts of columns and punctured screen onto the right. Again the roof is loaded up with subtleties (would clarify progressively about it without further ado). It would be ideal if you note, this is the main spot where there is section between two kuta, regularly they are shut in the majority of different sanctuaries.

As we approach the Hoysaleshwara the fundamental god, it is incredibly astounding to take a gander at such amazing Shiva as a Linga pleasantly adorned with gems and trimmings and dashing back wrap.

Indeed, even here one can see the subtleties of the Dwarapalakas and appreciate the roof seeing at the Mandakini's present in the Navaranga Mantapas. Incredible consideration needs to gave while viewing the insides of the sanctuary, it would be ideal if you have the additional tolerance to appreciate minute subtleties of the sanctuary which is luxuriously embellished with punctured dividers confronting east and different types/sizes of columns present inside the sanctuary.

As we head out of the sanctuary through the South passageway, it's a great opportunity to go through the Pradakshina Patha (Pedestal raised at around 3 feet from Ground). One can discover various of pictures committed to Ganesha, Vishnu Avatar, Shiva, Parvathi, Lakshmi, Brahma, and Saraswati.

Alongside the pictures of the Gods running over the railings, one can discover more prominent subtleties of Ramayana, Bhagavatha, Mahabharatha and occasions of Bhakta Pralhada which are pleasantly cut. It atleast takes 2 hours or more to comprehend stories behind every scene being delineated over yonder.

Information of Mahabharatha and Ramayana alongside Hindu Gods, their symbols (shapes) would be vital to comprehend the workmanship showed on the external dividers. There are six railings before the divider pictures are available. The main railing has Elephants present encompassing the whole sanctuary, the second railing comprises of Mystic Lion which is displayed in numerous stances.

The third railing comprises of Cavalry powers with men and ponies wearing war clothing, the fourth railing comprises of Makara which is a magical creature as clarified before, and the 6th railing comprises of Swans which hold set of dots in their noses. Over the 6th railing the seventh railing comprises of Wall pictures of every single Hindu God and Goddesses.

Atleast three pradakshina is required to painstakingly check out the sanctuary. The total legendary accounts of Mahabharatha and Ramayana are very clarified alongside other Upa kathe which occurred amid old occasions.

After achieving the Northern Entrance, the enrichment changes from Wall pictures to little pictures of Courtesans, performers, drummers, and so on., and extraordinary measure of itemizing can be found here as well. The explanation behind not having divider pictures here, is the nearness of punctured screens which are utilized for ventilation and lighting purposes.

The two Nandi each present before Hoysaleshwara and Shanthaleshwara is deliberately cut with extraordinary exactness and all the itemizing are worth inside the Nandi Mantapas.

Subsequent to viewing the sanctuary both inside and outside, the best perspective on the sanctuary would be from the West Direction where one can get tremendous subtleties of the Wall pictures. Additionally a view from Southern End gives you pleasant shot.

Additionally an exhibition hall is available in the North East Direction, where one can discover great gathering of Hoysala Art, books are likewise sold identified with other Heritage destinations also. One can invest great measure of energy in this historical center for which you need to pay a little measure of extra charges.

Secured Monument

Secured under The Ancient Monuments and Archaeology

How to reach Halebeedu
From Bangalore 210 kms

From DHQ Hassan 45 kms

Route :
1.Bangalore - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Channarayapatna - Hassan - Halebeedu
2.Hassan - Belur - Halebeedu
3.Chikmagalur - Belur - Halebeedu

Road :
1.Road from Bangalore to Halebeedu is well connected via NH 48 upto Hassan and then by State Highway upto Belur and Major District Road from there on.
2.The direct road which connects Hassan to Halebeedu is a MDR, enroute one can visit Adagur.

Rail :
1. Alight at Hassan Junction(Connecting Mangalore, Mysore, Arsikere) and take the bus.
2. Alight at Arsikere Junction (Connecting Chennai , Bangalore & Mumbai line) and proceed by bus via Jaavagal.

Airport :
1. Bengaluru International Airport - Devanahalli - Travel by bus/taxi to Nelamangala/Tumkur/Bangalore and then proceed towards Hassan.(5.5 hrs)
2. Mangalore Domestic Airport, Bajpe. Travel by bus/taxi to Mangalore and then by Railway(5hrs) or Road(4hrs) to Hassan.

Near by Temples to visit
Near by temples in about 30 kms radial distance. Note : The actual road distance might vary please enquire locally. The temples are listed from South to North Direction.

1. Koravangala - Sri.Bucheshwara
2. Koravangala - Sri.Govindeshwara
3. Sanka-Sri.Cannakeshava
4. Salgame-Sri.Cannakeshava
5. Doddagaddavalli - Sri.Lakshmi
6. Honnavara - Sri.Channakeshava
7. Belur - Sri.Channakeshava
8. Adagur - Sri.Channakeshava
9. Halebeedu - Sri.Kedareshwara
10. Chatchatnalli - Sri.Chatteshwara
11. Belavadi - Sri.Veera Narayana
12. Javagal - Sri.Lakshmi Narasmiha
13. Hiremagalore - Sri.Kodandarama

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