Keshava Temple, Somanathpura

The Hoysala Empire was a prominent South Indian empire that ruled most of the modern-day state of Karnataka between the 10th and 14th centuries. The Hoysala era was an important period in the development of art, architecture and religion in South India.

The capital city of Hoysalas was intially located in Belur and was then shifted to Halebidu. The temples at Belur-Halebidu forms a part of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The temples at Belur, Halebidu and Somanathpura are finest examples of Hoysala Architecture.

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Front view of the temple
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note the detailing

A closer look at the sculpting and detailing.

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Inside the temple


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temple ceiling

Carvings on the superstructure over the shrine

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12 thoughts on “Keshava Temple, Somanathpura

    1. Thank you so much, Rupali πŸ™‚ there are a lot of such places in Karnataka, I love visiting them because the architecture and carvings are so beautiful. There is a place called aihole, where there are around 125 temples with intricate carvings. Aihole had an architecture school back in the 8th century and the test for students was to build a temple. πŸ™‚

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