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The villager gives me a vacant look when I ask him the route to Dwarasamudra, the 11th century capital of the Hoysalas. I try again and this time I add Hoysala capital and temple as well. He responds with a toothless grin and rapidly gives directions in Kannada to my driver. My search for Dwarasamudra however takes me to the portals of a famous tourist site, the 12th century Hoysaleshwar temple in modern day Halebeed .To the many tourists here, Halebeed is the capital , but Dwarasamudra is still alive in the ruins scattered in the old villageI walk beyond the bylanes of the temple into the old village where Dwarasamudra comes alive in the ruins . An inscription here speaks of a battle fought here against the Kalachuriyas by Veera Ballalla II. A few tourists go boating on the lake, which was once the foundation of Dwarasamudra, which means Entry by Ocean. A rustic calls me over to see another inscription .It says the Hoysalas were ruling from Velapuri or Belur from the banks of the Yagachi river. When Vinayaditya shifted to Dwarasamudra in the 11th century ,he built a canal to channelize water from Yagachi to the new capital. A tank was built and the Hoysaleshwar temple was later constructed on its bank. And then , it was renamed as Halebeedu, meaning old abode, explains the villager as we walk together to see the ruins.      Book Now

Chennakesava Temple

Beautyful Belur the Quaint little town set elegantly on the banks of river Yagachi amidst lush surrounding was earlier Known as Velapuri. It was chosen as the capital of the Hoysalas, after the sacking and destruction of their capital at Dwarasamudra (Halebid), by the Delhi Sultans. The Hoysalas Ruled this reigon between 44 th and 13 th centuries. They were great patrons of art and architecture and builts a number of magnificent shrines during their 300 years regin. The temples and monuments at Belur are indeed the best Hoysala creations, showcasing their amazing architecture and sculptures in full glory Belur was highly revered for its magnificient shrines and came to be Known as modern vaikunta (heaven) of the earth. The Hoysala temples are characterized by typical star shaped ground plan and are usually ste on a platform. They are compact, squat structures and are more human in scale as compared to other soaring shrines of the south. Ornately carved shrines indicate the music and dance were highly regarded by the Hoysalas and were used to express religious fervor. The temples at Belur are carved out of soap stone (steatite), quarried from Tumkur, About 200 Kmís away. This stone is extremely easy to chisel, but attains iron-like fitness when exposed to the atmosphere. To maintain the shine of the temple, the stone is treated with a chemical wash and then wax polished once in ten years.      Book Now

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