Government of Karnataka
Halebeed temple is another great example of temple architecture the twin temples of Hoysaleshwara, Kedareshwara built by Vishnuvardhana and Ballala-II at Halabeed. Sequences from Ramayana, Mahabharatha & Bhagavatha are depicted on the outer walls of these temples. The efficiency and experience of the sculpture, who had carved these stories in stone is bewitching.
Hoysalaeswara Temple standing on a platform like a casket, richly endowed with most finely detailed scroll work in stone. Inside its dark depths, the queen Shantala Devi beckons from an alcove. The figure of mortals and immortals are larger compared to Belur and are beautifully chiseled, in shining black stone. The walls of the temples are covered with variety of gods and goddesses, animals , birds and dancing girls. There is a museum on the lawn with 12-13th century sculpture and the gold coins in use at the time. The temple 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.
The Kedreshwara temple where the sculptor's virtuosity seems to have surpassed even the goldsmith's skill in its sheer intricacy.
One Km from Halebeed is Basti Hill where there are Jain Basties with gleaming black stone pillars.
How to Reach here ?
Halebeed is 17 Km from Belur and 30 Km from Hassan. Regular bus services and Taxies are available both from Hassan and Belur.
Where to stay here ?
Hotel Mayura Shanthala