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Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid, side view

Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid, side view

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/41(98)

Item number: 4304198

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the side view of the Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid taken in the 1890s by an unknown photographer, is from the Curzon Collection's 'Souvenir of Mysore Album'.The Hoysaleshvara temple was built in 1150 and represents the climax of the Hoysala architectural style. The temple is sacred to Shiva Nataraja (or dancing Shiva), and consists of two identical temples which form a complex of two sanctuaries with a large columned mandapa (platform) each and a Nandi pavilion (Shiva is often represented riding on a white bull called Nandi), as seen on the left. The brackets of the central columns are carved in the round with dancing maidens and musicians.

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