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Halebid Travel Guide

Halebid, literally implying a ruined city, is a small town with various large tanks, highlighting its magnificent past. Halebid, the great city of Dwarasamudra prospered as a capital of the Hoysala Empire during the 12th and 13th centuries, during which period of time it achieved its greatness. The Delhi Sultanate’s armies plundered Halebid in 1311 and 1327; the good high profile city was destroyed during this invasion.

Halebid has several strikingly beautiful Hoysala temples and Jain shrines. These temples are sculptured extravaganza, richly empowered with most finely elaborated scroll work in stone. One can see a hammock where the Palace stood, a sight having archaeological treasure and beauty. Halebid is the dwelling of lots of tourist attractions including Hoysaleswara temple, Basadi Halli, Belur, Shantaleswara Temple and Kedareswara Temple. Halebid is a historical place to visit, especially as it endures as a symbol of the nation’s culture with the pride of past glory. Archaeological Society of India continues the ancient temples, with all decorum and neatness. The Archaeological Museum located in Halebid has a good assemblage of ancient sculptures. This museum is open daily except Friday between 10 am to 5 pm.

Halebid has on its history a 12th century Jain Bastis, which comprises of three temples. There are some renowned temples with spectacular history and view, twelve columns support the Parswanathasmi Temple, the nearby Kedareswar Temple guessed to be constructed in 1221 AD and houses a Sivalinga named after Lord Siva who is idolized at Kedarnath. Apart from traditional Hindus, Non-Hindus are also allowed to enter the temples. There are a dozen or so other smaller temples in this area.

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