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Popular Hoysala Temples

There are well over a hundred Hoysala period monuments spread across Karnataka. A very many of them have gone into oblivion. Quite a few are in the list of protected monuments, some are in well preserved condition, some are in very dilapidated state. Some are very famous , some are unheard of in the heritage circuits.

Here is a list of some of the better known Hoysala monuments. By no means this is an exhaustive list.

Ambuga (Prasanna Chennakeshava temple)
Amruthapura ( Amruteshwara Temple )
Anathi (Lakshminarayana temple)
Anekere (Chennakaesava temple)
Aralaguppe ( Chennakesava )
Arasikere (Ishwara temple)
Basadihalli (Adinatha Basadi, Parshwanath Basadi and Saantinatha Basadi)
Basaralu (Mallikarjuna temple )
Belavadi (Veeranarayana Temple)
Belur (Chennakesava & Chennigaraya Temples)
Chatachatahalli (Chatteshwara temple)
Doddagaddavalli (Lakshmidevi Temple )
Govindanhalli (Panchalingeshwara Temple )
Halebidu ( Adinatha Basadi, Parsvanatha Basadi, Hoysaleswara & Kedareshwara Temples)
Haranhalli (Someshvara & Lakshminarasimha Temple)
Harihar (Harihareshwara Temple)
Hebbalalu (Singeshwara temple)
Heragu (Kirthinarayana temple)
Hirekadalur (Keshava temple)
Holenarasipura (Narasimha temple)
Honnavara (Keshava temple)
Hosaholalu (Lakshminarayana temple )
Hullekere (Channakeshava temple)
Javagal (Lakshminarasimha temple)
Jinanathapura (Shantinatha basadi)
Kikkeri ( Brahmeshwara Temple )
Koodli (Rameshvara Temple )
Koravangala ( Bucheshvara Temple )
Mallarajapatna (Lakshmaneshwara temple)
Mavathanahalli Haranahalli (Keshava and Someshwara temples)
Mosale (Nageshwara and Channakeshava temples)
Nuggehalli (Lakshminarasimha and Sadashiva temple)
Santhebachahalli (Mahalingeshwara temple)
Shantigrama (Yoganarsimha, Dharmeshwara and Keshava temples)
Shravanabelagola ( Akkana Basadi )
Somanathapura ( Kesava Temple )

Location map of popular Hoysala Temples in Karnataka.
Hoysala Temples location map

Location map of popular Hoysala Temples in Karnataka.

See Also : Lakshmidevi Temple at Doddagadavalli

Location map of popular Hoysala Temples in Karnataka.
Hoysala Temples location map
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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Ikkeri
Ikkeri

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Tipu Sultan's Palace
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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.

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Shivanasamudram
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Hoysala Maps
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Chennakeshava Temple at Haranahalli
Chennakeshava Temple at Haranahalli

Mosale
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