Views in Mysore. Ruined temple of Hallabeed [Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid]. A section of western face
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from an album of 40 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Halebid is a site in Karnataka which was once the flourishing capital of the Hoysala kings of the South. The Hoysaleshvara temple in Halebid dates from the mid-12th century and represents the apogee of the Hoysala style of architecture, richly decorated with finely wrought carving in the grey-green chloritic schist of the region. The temple was sacred to Shiva and consists of twin structures that are linked and form a complex with two sanctuaries and two pillared halls or mandapas built on a stepped plan.
Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' (Marion & Co., London, 1870), edited by James Fergusson, gives the following description of this photograph: 'This view, perhaps, gives us the best idea of the sinuosities of the walls of the temple, the two blocks or bases of towers, to be seen in the centre, are both solid, and the wall (of which a portion is seen) between the two, extends so far behind both of them, as almost completely to detach them from the building; the walls on each side of the narrow alley thus formed, being exquisitely carved.'