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Halebid or better local name Halebeedu, meaning old dwelling...
In ancient times, it was the great city of Dwarasamudra, flourishing Capital of the Hoysala Empire during the 12th & 13th centuries. During the reign of Veeraballala II, the grandson of Vishnuvardhana, it reached the greatness of its zenith. Veeraballala II extended his empire from sea to sea between the Cauvery & Krishna rivers.
Normally prominant dynasties from south, Chera, Chola, Pandya and pallavas were full of infighting & a grand empire rose from the now karnataka which was a beacon of unique art & architecture & glory.
All this came to a sudden end by the invading sultanic forces & a lot of these glorious architecture was raged down...In fact among the 92 Temples this dynasty built, the only ones which stand out are Belur, Halebid & Somnathpur.
Among them Halebid was special with exquisite carvings & star like construction, hall mark of haoysala architecture. This is a shaivite temple & a primary one for the king.

While roaming around hours & hours, I always feel like meandring on a historical river.

The shot is slightly tilted, I did not take enough care while shooting handheld..

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Additional Photos by Premanand Thangavelu (thaprem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 100 N: 445] (2554)
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