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Hurulhullee. The temple of Someshwur. [Corrected caption: The Kedareshwara Temple, Balagamve]

Hurulhullee. The temple of Someshwur. [Corrected caption: The Kedareshwara Temple, Balagamve]

Photographer: Pigou, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1856

Shelfmark: Photo 965/1(32)

Item number: 965132

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Kedareshwara Temple at Balagamve in Karnataka, taken by William Henry Pigou, c. 1856, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. The Hoysalas were a dynasty which ruled in the southern Deccan from the early 12th to the mid-14th century. Renowned temple builders, the Hoysalas have left a rich legacy of temples at the sites of Belur and Halebid, formerly their capitals. The name of the dynasty refers to the legend about its founder, a local chieftain named Sala. When faced with a tiger, he did not back down but spurred by the cry 'hoy, Sala!' or 'strike, Sala!', he killed it single-handed. The Kedareshwara Temple at Balagamve, dedicated to Shiva, consists of three sanctuaries with superstructures, or vimanas, around a large open mandapa or hall. On top of the main shrine appears a large sculpture of a man in combat with a tiger/lion. This sculpture is often found on the roof-ridges of Hoysala vimanas and is taken to be the figure of Sala, the founder and symbol of the Hoysala dynasty.

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