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Mallikarjuna Temple at Basaralu

Basaralu is a small town near  Mandya, Karnataka, India. This is home to the Mallikarjuna temple built in Hoysala architecture style.

 

The 6 layered frieze over which the boldly executed sculptures are installed around the outer walls. All are done in soapstone.
Frieze at Basaralu
Hoysala crest- the hero fighting a lion- at the tower of the Mallikarjuna temple of Basaralu
Hoysala crest
A sub-shrine near the main shrine at Basaralu
A sub-shrine at Basaralu
Gajasurasamhara: Shiva dancing inside the skin of the slain elephant. Note the four legs, tail and the head of the elephant.
Gajasurasamhara
Road map to places near Somnathpur
Places Near Somnathpur
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Sringeri
Sringeri

Distance to
Distance to

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.

Hosaholalu
Hosaholalu

Ikkeri
Ikkeri

Narasimha Pillar of Belur
Narasimha Pillar of Belur

Bangalore to Belur
Bangalore to Belur

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.

Karnataka
Karnataka

Thanks to its many hundreds of years of history & heritage the state's tourist map includes old capitals, forts, palaces, monuments and more. Also Karnataka is home to many wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls and mountains.

World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site

The list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

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