Hoysaleshwara temple, Halebeedu

Hoysaleswara TempleHoysaleswara Temple is one amongst the largest shrines that are dedicated to Lord Shiva in South India. In the 12th century, the temple was built during the rule of King Vishnuvardhana of Hoysala Empire. The construction of this marvelous shrine got completed in 1121 CE. Located at Halebid.It is believed that the temple derived its name from Vishnuvardhana Hoysaleswara, the presiding ruler in those times. Temple witnessed ransack of loot and raid by the Muslim invaders in the early 14th century.Hoysaleswara Temple has two shrines, one dedicated to Hoysaleswara and another for Shantaleswara (named after Shantala Devi, queen of King Vishnuvardhana). Standing on a raised platform, the temple is made out of Chloritic Schist (Soapstone, also known as potstone).