Hoysaleswara temple (also known as Halebidu temple) is a 12th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in a town called Halebidu, in the south Indian state of Karnataka.
The temple was built on the banks of a large artificial lake, and was sponsored by King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century AD.
The temple is a manifestation of classic Hindu architecture and some nuances of Hoysala architecture. It consists ofintricate carvings and numerous divine figures on its walls, all built in soapstone.
The temple has four porches for entry and 2 shrines inside it (one for the king and one for the queen). The main shrine faces on the east.
Inside it are various sculptures (around 240 – the highest in any temple in the country) and paintings, and there is also an image of a dancing Lord Ganesha (the elephant God, and son of Lord Shiva) at the entrance of the temple.
Hoysaleswara Temple is open to visitors between 6.30 AM and 9 PM every day, on all days of the week. There is no entry fee applicable.
Halebidu, where the temple is located, is close to various major cities in Karnataka which are in turn well connected to cities across India as well as other parts of the world. The city can be reached by air, rail or road.