The Hoysaleshwara Temple, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated at Halebeedu in Hassan district of Karnataka. The earlier name of Halebeedu was Dwarasamudra – meaning (the door to the ocean). The temple is a Dvikuta (meaning temple with two Vimana/Gopura) dedicated to Hoysaleshwara and Shantaleshwara.
In front of the temple there are two Nandi Mantapas which are very beautifully carved and attracts ones attention immediately.
Hoysaleswara Temple was built during Hoysala Empire rule in the 12th Century by King Vishnuvardhana in Halebidu, a small town situated at a distance of 16 km from Belur.
The temple is facing East direction and there are four entrances one on the North, one on the South and two from the East. If one enters from the Northern Door, one can find beautiful carvings of Dwarapalakas of Lord Shiva, at the entrance of the door richly decorated with ornaments and weapons. On the top of the entrance one can find carvings of Makara which is a mystical animal composed of Peacock, Elephant, Lion, Pig and Crocodile.
Hoysaleshwara Temple of Halebidu is now being proposed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sri Hoysaleswara temple is positioned in the sacred village named Halabeedu, in the district of Hassan, in the state of Karnataka in South India. The chief deity of this temple is Hoysaleswara (Lord Shiva) and his consort is none. The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is well water. The agamam or pooja of this temple is called as Kameeyam. This temple is just 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this sacred place is Halabeedu.
The most important festivals of this temple Deepavalli, Shivarathri in February-March, Pongal, Navarathri, Masi month, Amavasya, Vaikunta Ekadashi, pournima, Navarathri in September October and New Year day according to Georgian calendar and Tamil traditional calendar are celebrated grandly in the shrine. These festival days and auspicious days are marked with special pujas and rituals along with the active participation of local residents and devotees plus pilgrim from far and near. It is the most sought after shrine in this district.
It is to be remembered that the Lord is facing towards the east. Even thanks giving pujas are conducted in this temple wholeheartedly by the devotees and pilgrims. The temple remains open for devotees and pilgrims from early morning to mid- noon and later in the late evening to dusk. It is to be noted that the temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.15 p.m for devotees and pilgrims. The temple’s specialty is that the Lord is Swayambumurthy in the temple.
Address – Sri Hoysaleshwarar temple, Halabeedu, Hassan, Karnataka.