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Kedareshwara Temple


Kedareshwara Temple


  • Kedareshwara Temple is a construction of Hoysala period in the historical town Halebidu, Karnataka state, India. It is situated near the famous Hoysaleswara Temple. Hoysala King Veera Ballala II and his queen Ketaladevi constructed the Kedareshwara Temple. The chief god is Ishwara (alternative name for the Hindu god Shiva). The Archaeological Survey of India is responsible to protect the temple as a monument of national importance.
Temple plan

  • Kedareshwara temple was built with Soap stone before 1219 A.D. Earlier Soap stone was standardized by the Hoysala architects of the 12th and 13th centuries, it was made popular by the Western Chalukyas. The temple is 5 to 6 feet high on the platform named jagati which is reached by a flight of steps. The temple is a Hoysala innovation which usually does not provide room for circumambulation around the inner temple. Nevertheless, the platform offers this ease in addition to providing the viewer an excellent view of the sculptures and wall relief. The main shrine’s outlay is star shaped having 2 smaller shrines which have perforated windows on the sides. Star shaped or cross in square temple plans are quite common in Hoysala constructions generating many recesses and projections in the outer walls. The Hoysala architects produced repetitive reliefs and decorative sculptures called "architectural articulation" in these projections.