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Travel Blogs from Hassan
... a victory over a neighboring people (the Cholas). The whole temple exterior and interior is decorated with simply stunning and detailed carvings of deities, dancers, musicians, and other figures. The Hoysaleswara Temple took nearly 200 years to construct. Although it was never completed, it is still incredible with thousands of soapstone carved Hindu deities, stylized animals, and sages. The artisans of the sculptures of both temples is really amazing – I ...
... inside as well as outside.
Money in Temples:
Carry ₹10 – 20 in your pocket when entering Hindu temples, as part of blessings you may need to leave some for the monks.
There are few basic food cautions that everyone coming from a foreign country, like not eating raw vegetables and drinking tap water. It has been also said ...
... temple is on a star shaped platform and is covered in beautiful carvings. I actually thought the ones at Halebeedu were a little more striking but that is probably because I saw Halebeedu first.
This is also a temple carved fully around the temple. There are some fairly small areas of new stone where there was damage but it is in good shape. It has the now familiar bands of carvings around the lower ...
... to go for both days.
Next to the main temple are two temples that are part of the complex dedicated to the King and Queen by the court official who started the building project in 1121. It was completed in 1207. These two side temples have the 6th and 7th largest Nandi (sacred bull) mandapas surviving in India. Below I have added a little information on temple architecture but these side temples dedicated to different functions are ...
... protecting the temples and a big lake.
The interiors of both these temples was also fabulous, each carved pillar being different, and with sculpted ceilings, but they were quite dark and hard to photograph.
We spent the night in Hassan, then off to Mysore.