Being a travel and art lover, I decided to visit the Kedareshwara Temple, Halebidu. The place is famous across India and lies in Karnataka. After checking-in to my hotel, I decided to
experience the place and I was really excited since I heard it’s a very beautiful temple and had a great mystical ambience.
Kedareshwara Temple, which is located 18 km from the Belur Housing Temple, is famous for its wall carvings. It is said that the Belur temple is beautiful from inside, whereas the Kedareshwara temple is beautiful from outside. Made completely out of Soap Stone, the carvings on the wall are so intricate that you will mesmerized and in awe of the place. Soap Stone is a common feature of all the Hoysala Temples.
The place is believed to have been constructed by the ruler named King Veera Ballala II and his wife in the year 1219 A.D.
As I reached the place, I found that the place had two Shivling in its premises that were named Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara. Each of these Shivling had a large Nandi in front of them. I encountered a museum of rare stone carvings that was set up by the Archaeology Department.
The continuing journey through the temple made way to a large Ganesha idol that was worshipped by the Hoysala Family. Also, one could find the
instances of Mahabharatha inscribed on the temple walls. There were numerous idols of various gods and goddesses carved on the entrance as well as the roof of the temple. Numerous types of dance
forms and culture were depicted through the murals on the walls.
Though being a Shaiva Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva), this temple also has depictions of Lord Vishnu which is a very interesting fact. The depictions are beautiful and truly amazing.
I wonder if the place has been left midway in construction as certain sites, though not destroyed, have no idols or carvings. The place had a lake by its side called the Dwarasamundram that provided an ideal place for boating and enjoying the peace and serenity of the environment.