This protected monument of national, archaeological and historical importance in Halebidu in the Hassan district was built in the 13th century CE under the aegis of the Hoysala King Veera Ballala II and his Queen Ketaladevi. Some distance away is the Jain Basadi and the Hoysaleshwara Temple.
The architectural mastermind of the Kedareshwara Temple is believed to be Sethumalla, a minister to the king. The temple is built in accordance with the Hoysala design. Perched on a five to six-foot tall platform accessible by stairs. The design is called a jagati and is a feature unique to Hoysala architecture.
The three shrines encapsulated in the temple qualify it as a trikuta. All three garbha grihas have perforated windows through which the deity is visible to the devotees circumambulating around them.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the deities of the Holy Trinity in Hinduism. The deity residing in the temple is called Ishvara, which is another name for Shiva. Although the temple is predominantly Shaivite, the legends depicted in the sculptures on its walls belong to legends of both, Vaishnavism and Shaivism. A few examples include Shiva depicted as Bhairava, Krishna as Govardhana and a female hunter. The carvings also include scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
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Located in the historic town of Halebidu in Karnataka, the Kedareshwara Temple is a Hoysala era structure. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated very close to the Hoysaleshwara Temple. Commissioned by the Hoysala King Veera Ballala II, the temple was constructed out of soapstone by 1219 CE.
The temple rests on a jagati, which is a platform raised to about five or six feet in height and can be accessed by a flight of stairs. This is an architectural feature unique to the Hoysala style. The panels in the temple bear effigies of Shia as well as Vaishnava legends.