Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid, (rear view)
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of the rear 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). The base is decorated with friezes depicting rows of elephants, lions, horses and epic scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The sculpture panels on the outer walls are of Shiva and divinities attended by musicians and maidens.