Kukke Subhrimaniya. It's difficult to say what dominates, the religious significance of this place or its natural beauty. Whichever way you prefer to believe, this small temple town is unique for its location, surrounded in all directions by the rain drenched forests of the Western Ghats.
Like in the history of many ancient kingdoms, to origin of the Hoysalas too are often narrated with a blend of myth and speculations.
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.