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         Celebration of Life: Temples of Belur & Halebid
                                         Photo Expedition May 2005

The Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid are the cream of one of the most artistically exuberant periods of Hindu cultural development. Their sculptural decoration rivals that of Khajuraho and Konark.

The Channekeshava temple in Belur was built around 11th century AD. It was worked for over a century. The works on the temple wall is unsurpassed in details and artistry.Particularly intriguing are the angled bracket figures depicting female figures dancing or on a ritual poses. Every major Hindi deity is represented here.

The Hoysaleswara temple at Halebid build around 12th century AD is easily the most outstanding example of Hoysala art. Every inch of the outside walls and much of the interior is covered with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylised animals and friezes depicting the life of the Hoysala rulers
 

     
     

     

     
     
     
     
     

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