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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Hoysala Expedition Part 17: Kedareshwara Temple, Halebidu

About half a kilometer away from the Hoysaleshwara temple of Halebidu, and adjacent to the Jinalaya complex of Basadihalli, stands the little known Kedareshwara temple. This trikuta temple is no inferior to the other masterpieces in and around the region, but has somehow lost attention of the authorities and tourists alike. Known to be built in 1220 AD, this temple is always locked these days, but in the middle of the day, there is enough sunlight that allows the visitors to get a sneak peek into the temple's beauty, and the Kedareshwara linga in the main sanctum becomes clearly visible. Outer carvings are as majestic as the Hoysaleshwara temple, with many a stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata coming alive through the friezes that run around the star shaped basement.

Here is a look at the temple's beauty:

Kedareshwara Temple, Halebidu from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.

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