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 Comments Add yours

  1. Marvelous and intricate architecture! Just awed at the artistry skills prevelant among the sculptors of those days! Amazing clicks RšŸ‘

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    1. Rekha says:

      Imagine how much of hard work they had to do, cutting and sculpting on stones is not an easy job, isn’t it R. Thank you šŸŒ¹šŸŒ¹

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  2. Dahlia says:

    Amazing intricate artwork and so well preserved too. Another have to visit place šŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing

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    1. Rekha says:

      It’s near Bangalore, I ll take you to All the three places mentioned in this post. šŸ‘šŸ‘

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      1. Dahlia says:

        Cool – will hold you to it šŸ˜‰ šŸ˜€

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      2. Rekha says:

        šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

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  3. Ester says:

    Nice carvings!

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  4. Rupali says:

    Great architecture no doubt but you also have done justice in taking pictures. Wonderful collection Rekha.

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    1. Rekha says:

      Thank you so much, Rupali šŸ™‚ 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. šŸ™‚

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      1. Rupali says:

        Interesting piece of information. I would love to visit this temple complex.

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  5. Audrey says:

    Wow! Beautiful architecture and carvings. Great capture

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    1. Rekha says:

      Thanks Audrey ā˜ŗ

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