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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Shimoga
Shimoga

Soapstone sculptures
Soapstone sculptures

The beauty of the Hoysala templs , particularly its intricate carvings owes a lot to one material - Soapstone. Unlike granite, sandstone and marble used in the construction of most of India's ancient monuments, soapstone is softer with some peculiar properties that set it apar from the former materials. To give you an idea , the softer version of the soapstone can be carved even with your finger nail.

Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu
Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu

Halebidu
Halebidu

Tourist attractions in South India
Tourist attractions in South India

Amruteshvara Temple at Amruthapura
Amruteshvara Temple at Amruthapura

Shivanasamudram
Shivanasamudram

Varadamoola
Varadamoola

Hoysala
Hoysala

Like in the history of many ancient kingdoms, to origin of the Hoysalas too are often narrated with a blend of myth and speculations.

Popular Hoysala Temples
Popular Hoysala Temples

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