Kedareswara Temple, Halebid

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Kedareshwara Temple is one of the 'must visit' temples of Halebid. Built in the Chalukyan style of architecture, this temple has two Hoysala emblems, thus exhibiting a beautiful and stunning mix of both architecture styles. It is believed that the temple was constructed in 1319 AD but collapsed later and has never been brought to its initial glory.

Apart from the elegantly carved walls and ceiling, Kedareswara Temple has a number of sculptured friezes that display tales of Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana in the basement. Tourists can see the Kedareshwara (Shiva) Lingam that was built by Krishnashila at the sanctorum of temple. At the north, the Janardhana statue is present, whereas the southern side has a Brahma lingam.

Tourists can also see three summits at the temple, wherein the biggest is in middle and the smaller ones are on either side. The idols of Uma Maheshwara, Bhairava, Varaha, Tandaveshwara and other gods exemplify the stories behind the summits. These sculptures provide the true picture of Chalukya's artistic achievements and cultural greatness.

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