At first it may appear as if all the Hoysala temples are molded out of same architectural cast.

But each of the Hoysala temples are unique and superior than the other in some way or other. The overwhelmingly dense carvings of the exterior and the giant pillars of the interiors are the hallmarks of Hoysala temples.

Hoysalas succeeded in blending superbly the geometrical symmetry of the temple plans with randomness of the sculptural beauty. Each of the Hoysala temples is fine examples of their mastery over the architectural precision and the artistic aesthetics.

Thanks to the Hoysala kings’ historical affiliations, you can see the Vaishnava, Saiva and Jain symbolisms used generously in the Hoysala Temples.

 

The 6 layered frieze over which the boldly executed sculptures are installed around the outer walls. All are done in soapstone.
Frieze at Basaralu
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Tipu Sultan's Palace
Tipu Sultan's Palace

Halebidu
Halebidu

Ikkeri
Ikkeri

Distance to
Distance to

Chennakeshava and Someshwara temple at Mosale.
Chennakeshava and Someshwara temple at Mosale.

Bucheswara temple at Koravangala
Bucheswara temple at Koravangala

Hoysala Maps
Hoysala Maps

Shivanasamudram
Shivanasamudram

Nuggehalli
Nuggehalli

Varadamoola
Varadamoola

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