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Halebeedu - Kedareshwara Temple - South view
877 Meters Above MSL
Description about the temple
Sri.Kedareshwara Temple situated at Halebeedu is about 400 meters towards South East of well known Hoysaleshwara Temple, many visitors are not aware of this beautiful temple, but next time you visit, please make it a point to visit this temple as well. Enroute, you will find beautiful Basti dedicated to Shanthinatha and Parshavanatha, which is amazing Hoysala Architecture nurturing Jaina Matha during 11th Century AD.
Sri.Kedareshwara temple is beautifully located with entrance facing the East. It's a Trikuta temple, dedicated to Shiva in the form of Kedareshwara. This temple is built during 1220 AD under the Hoysala rule.
Currently the temple entrance is locked, but perforated fence but, it allows you to take a look at the interior which is well lit with natural light. The perforated walls present in all the three directions, North, East and South which resemble Hoysaleshwara temple provides sufficient light to the interior. One has to give deeper look into these perforated walls, as the design
You can find four Star shaped pillars on either side of entrance towards Navaranga, which are again masterpiece of Hoysala art and provokes you to think the kind of technology used to carve such pillars (such pillars are also found in Hosaholalu Lakshmi Narayana Temple as well). As you see further you see the Navaranga with four bell shaped pillars, on the top you can make out that the ceiling of the Navaranga Mantapa is well decorated. Also you can find deities on the either side of the main Garbhagriha. The main Garbhagriha contains the main deity in the form Shiva Linga.
Proceed further to take a walk on the Pradakshina Patha, you can find eight railings from the bottom, the first being occupied by Elephants, second row decorated with Cavalry forces, the third row being decorated with beautiful creepers and flowers like structure. The fourth row you can find combination of lions fighting with each other and in some places, you also can make out the Mascot of Hoysala being sculpted. One has to give special attention to fourth row while walking.
The fifth row is again decorated with creepers, but one has to keenly observe the corners which have got the Simha Lanchana and these images are carved with great precision.
The sixth row is the story board of Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Bhagavatha and other Mythological series. You can find the Samudra Manthana scene, Bheeshma sleeping on the bed made out of arrows and waiting for Uttarayana Punya Kaala to separate the body from the soul. Pralhada being tortured in many ways (such as, being crushed between Elephants, put into burning Yagna Kunda, thrown with poisonous snakes around, pushed into Pathala, etc.,), Abhimanyu entering the Chakravyuha, etc.,
The seventh row consists of Makara and eight rows consist of swans again, one has to give importance for the Corner stone work.
The entire temple is in Star shaped and its beautifully studded with images of Lord Shiva, Vishnu Brahma, Lakshmi, Mahishasura Mardhini, Saraswathi, Krishna, Varaha, Ganesha, etc., etc., Each of these images are carved with great importance given to their Bhava and accordingly each image hold asthra (weapons) in different postures. The prabhavali is amazing and is completed in most cases. The upper part of the images above the Prabhavali is left blank, probably they intended to decorate but haven't done.
Careful observations of each image, especially the images situated in corners are amazing as they share the limbs with each other on either side. This part of imagination and execution really thrills your design and implementation capabilities. Image after image you feel they had mastered the art of 3 Dimensions and had understood the Geometry and Graphics very well.
Take additional time as you understand each of the image with importance given to Bhava (expression), Bhangi (position in which they stand or sit) and Asthra (weapons) they are decorated with. People from the Art background can appreciate the Bharatha Natya Shastra being followed which has remained unchanged for ages. Also, every image expresses any one form of the Navarasa and careful examination makes you understand that the sculptors were not only trained to hand stone and chisel but were also aware of Sangeetha, Sahithya, Puranas, Nrithya, Nataka, etc., etc.,
The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA, Bangalore Circle, Karnataka.
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How to reach Halebeedu
From Bangalore 210 kms
From DHQ Hassan 45 kms
1.Bangalore - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Channarayapatna - Hassan - Halebeedu
2.Hassan - Belur - Halebeedu
3.Chikmagalur - Belur - Halebeedu
1.Road from Bangalore to Halebeedu is well connected via NH 48 upto Hassan and then by State Highway upto Belur and Major District Road from there on.
2.The direct road which connects Hassan to Halebeedu is a MDR, enroute one can visit Adagur.
1. Alight at Hassan Junction(Connecting Mangalore, Mysore, Arsikere) and take the bus.
2. Alight at Arsikere Junction (Connecting Chennai , Bangalore & Mumbai line) and proceed by bus via Jaavagal.
1. Bengaluru International Airport - Devanahalli - Travel by bus/taxi to Nelamangala/Tumkur/Bangalore and then proceed towards Hassan.(5.5 hrs)
2. Mangalore Domestic Airport, Bajpe. Travel by bus/taxi to Mangalore and then by Railway(5hrs) or Road(4hrs) to Hassan.
Near by Temples to visit
Near by temples in about 30 kms radial distance. Note : The actual road distance might vary please enquire locally. The temples are listed from South to North Direction.
Koravangala - Sri.Bucheshwara
Koravangala - Sri.Govindeshwara
Doddagaddavalli - Sri.Lakshmi
Honnavara - Sri.Channakeshava
Belur - Sri.Channakeshava
Adagur - Sri.Channakeshava
Halebeedu - Sri.Hoysaleshwara
Chatchatnalli - Sri.Chatteshwara
Belavadi - Sri.Veera Narayana
Javagal - Sri.Lakshmi Narasmiha
Amenities and other useful details
Restaurant : Food is available near the Sri.Hoysaleshwara temple, but if you are very specific, you need to carry it from either Hassan or Chikmagalur.
Hotel: Just opposite to the Sri.Hoysaleshwara Temple, you can find hotels to stay, but it is more advisable to stay in Hassan as there are good hotels/lodges to stay. Also, Hotel Hassan Ashok is very good and comfortable place to stay and explore Hoysala temples in and around Hassan.
ATM: State Bank of Mysore ATM is available in Halebeedu. Other banks ATM can be found at Hassan and Chikmagalur
Transportation: Autorickshaws are available to go around Halebeedu, it is also well connected by buses plying from Belur, Hassan and Chikmagalur.
Fuel Station: Fuel Stations are available at Halebeedu, but it would be always better to have reserve fuel to drive back to either to Hassan or Chikmagalur or atleast till Belur(18kms).
Health Care: Primary Health Care Center is available in Halebeedu for immediate medical attention, but for any further treatment, it is advisable to reach Government Hospitals either at Belur, Hassan or Chikmagalur.
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