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  Hoysaleshwara Temple or Hoysaleshvara Temple  
(Hassan, Karnataka)
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"'supreme climax of Indian architecture'"

This temple is amongst the largest shrines dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva. Its extraordinary structure is regarded as an epitome of the Hindu architecture-style, and its architecture is often admired as the 'supreme climax of Indian architecture'. The artwork on the exterior is so intricate and beautiful that it spellbound the visitors. The sculptures of Hindu deities along with the carvings of different animals are definitely a feast for the visitors.

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Hoysaleswara Temple

Hoysaleswara temple is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It was built in Halebidu during the rule of King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. The construction was started around 1120 CE and completed in 1150 CE. During the early 14th century, Halebidu was sacked and looted by Muslim invaders from northern India and the temple fell into a state of ruin and neglect. Previously known as Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra, Halebidu is 16 km from Belur, 31 km from Hassan and 149 km from Mysore, in the state of Karnataka, India.


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