About Hoysaleswara Temple

The Hoysaleshwara Temple is also known as the Halebidu Temple and remains a popular spot for visiting tourists. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple displays artwork including scenes from Shaktism, Vaishnavism, Shaivism and Jainism. They include scenes from Hindu epics Mahabharata, Ramayana and the Bhagavat Purana. Just like the Kedareshwara Temple nearby, the Hoysaleshwara Temple is perched atop a jagati, a five to a six-foot-tall platform that aids devotees to circumambulate the garbha griha. Visitors can view the artwork of the temple by walking around. The detailing in the artwork is so intricate and unique that no two structures are alike in their design. The temple has two shrines with a Shiva lingam inside and the third shrine to Lord Surya, or the Sun God. Apart from the sculptures, the temple also displays inscriptions in South as well as North Indian scripts. The scenes depicted on the walls of the Hoysaleshwara Temple are a window into the lives of the people who lived and thrived at the time. They give an idea of their beliefs, lifestyle and ideologies. Nearby are the Kedareshwara Temple and the Jain Basadi. Along with the Hoysaleshwara Temple, all three structures have been proposed to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Outstanding Universal Value

Constructed in the 12th century, the Hoysaleshwara Temple was commissioned by King Vishnuvardhana. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the largest monuments in Halebidu. The construction of the temple began in 1121 CE and finished in 1160 CE. Its architecture adheres to the typical Hoysala style. Despite being a Shaivite monument, the carvings in the temple depict scenes belonging to Shaivite, Vaishnavite as well as Jain and Shakti traditions. Famous scenes from various mythologies dot the walls. The temple was neglected after it was twice sacked and has, to an extent, affected the sculptures, although they are largely intact.

Monument Information


Halebeedu, Karnataka 573121

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Belgaum Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Hassan Railway Station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Halebidu KSRTC Bus Stand

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 6:30 AM
  • Closing Time :9:00 PM


  • Monsoon : Maximum: 31°C, Minimum: 21°C

    Summer : Maximum: 37°C, Minimum: 21°C

    Winter : Maximum: 30°C, Minimum: 16°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter season (November to March)

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Toilets for Ladies & Gentleman
  • Drinking Water Facility
  • Garbage bins
  • Drainage
  • Solid waste disposal
  • Lightening conductor
  • Electricity
  • Visiter circulation path
  • Ticket Booth
  • Battery operated transport
  • Wheel chair & Ramp for differently abled

Accommodation near the monument

Contact Details

  • Mr. Arun Raj T.
  • Phone: 91-080-25537348, 22522532(T-f)
  • E-mail: Circleban.asi@gmail.com, subcirclehas.asi@gmail.com"

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.