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[Overgrown temple near the Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid.]

[Overgrown temple near the Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid.]

Photographer: Oakeley, Richard Banner

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1856

Shelfmark: Photo 959/(25)

Item number: 95925

Genre: Photograph

An albumen print by Richard Banner Oakeley of an overgrown temple at Halebid in Karnataka. Halebid (ancient Dwarasamudra), a small town in the Hassan district, was once the capital of the Hoysala dynasty of the southern Deccan which flourished from about 1100-1350 AD. Invasions by the Delhi Sultanate in the 14th century led to its decline. The Hoysalas were avid temple builders and the site is renowned for the remnants of architecture and sculpture fashioned out of the chloritic schist in the region. The most famous monument here is the twelfth-century Hoysaleswara temple dedicated to Shiva, which was built for an official of Vishnuvardhana (reigned 1108-42). Oakeley wrote that this site was, 'A small ruined temple at some distance from the other, most richly carved and picturesquely overgrown with the creepers of the Banyan Tree'.

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