Small temple on the west side of the Great Temple.
Photographer: Oakeley, Richard Banner
Medium: Photographic print
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). The lesser temple (a detached Nandi pavilion) in the photograph shows the characteristic features of the mature Hoysala style, the raised platform providing an external ambulatory (pradakshina), and the multi-banded columns.