Views in Mysore. Ruined temple of Hallabeed [Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid]. General view
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from an album of 40 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. The tiny hamlet of Halebid in the Hassan district of Karnataka was once known as Dwarasamudra, the flourishing capital of the Hoysalas from the 12th to the 13th centuries. It was destroyed when it fell to the Delhi Sultanate in 1350. The Hoysalas were prolific temple builders, and the Hoysaleshvara temple of Halebid, built to honour Shiva, is an example of their mature style. It was sponsored by Ketamalla, an officer under King Vishnuvardhana in 1121 but completed decades later in the reign of Narasimha I (ca.1142). Lyon wrote in his 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India'
(Marion & Co., London, 1870), edited by James Fergusson, that this photograph: '...is a general view of the north end of the temple. In the centre is the entrance to the north porch. On the right, the base of the northern sanctuary, with its window pavilion, and on the left, the two Nundi pavilions. In the one next the spectator, the bull can be seen through the openings between the pillars'.