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Views in Mysore. Ruined temple of Hallabeed [Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid]. General view of the west side

Views in Mysore. Ruined temple of Hallabeed [Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid]. General view of the west side

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/6(18)

Item number: 212618

Genre: Photograph

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 '...is another general view of this Temple taken a little more to the westward than the last view, and though comprising the same objects, shows more completely the base of the intended Northern Vimana. It also shows the lower part of what was to have been a smaller Vimana or tower, in the re-entering angle between the porch and the sanctuary. There are four of these here, but they are not found at Bailoor'.

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