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[Close view of small shrine at north-west corner of the Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid.]

[Close view of small shrine at north-west corner of the Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid.]

Photographer: Oakeley, Richard Banner

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1856

Shelfmark: Photo 959/(35)

Item number: 95935

Genre: Photograph

An albumen print by Richard Banner Oakeley of a shrine 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 of this miniature shrine, 'Small joss house at the north-west corner of the building. In each of the small rooms is a figure of Brahma, several of these houses are studded about the building, and add greatly to the effect'.

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