The origin of the Hoysalas is a matter of much interesting speculation and controversy. Like their distinguished contemporaries, the Seunas, the Hoysalas too claim their descent from Yadu (Lunar Dynasty) and call themselves the Yadavas. The conventional titles like, "Yadavanarayana", "Yadavakutambrad-yumani" and "Dvaravatipura-varadhisvara" are common to both the Seunas and the Hoysalas. These details are compiled from internet and by various sources by the Blogger over the years.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kesava Temple (1163 A.D), Hullekere, Arasikere Taluk Hassan District.

Is a small village near Gandasi. It lies on the Arasikere - Tiptur road. On a mound on the backside of this village stands a Kesava temple of the Hoysala style. As it stands high on a mound a pedestal has not been provided. There are verandas on all the four sides as in the Somanathapura temple and there is a portico on the eastern side.

The temple is small in size but very handsome. Even though the sculptural features on the surfaces of the outer walls are not much, there are 12 forms of Vishnu on the southern side and the 12 remaining forms on the northern side. On the west there are the sculptural works of Dharani-Varaha. Over the head of the temple there is an attractive sikhara. In the sikhara the
special feature of sala's brave posture is incorporated as the main symbol of the Hoysalas. At the entrance door (main entrance) there are two mammoths and a huge inscription, in stone. Inside are the navaranga and a sanctum with the image of Sree Kesava.

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