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Halebid (Hale’beedu) literally meaning ‘Ruined City’ is famous for its wealth of sculptures. During the 12th and 13th centuries AD, it flourished as the capital of the Hoysala Dynasty for about 150 years. It was then known as Dwarasamudra (Gateway to the Seas). The walls of the Hoysaleshwara (Shiva) temple are covered with an endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, Animals, Birds and Shilabalikas or Dancing Figures. Yet no two sculptures of the temple are the same.

The city was twice attacked by invaders who robbed it of its treasures, leaving behind the ruins of the once-magnificent Shiva temple. The Hoysalas then shifted their capital to Belur, leaving behind Halebid. The temple is unique for its two shrines in the Linga form and gigantic soap stone figures of Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva (seen in picture).

Nandi, a Hindu god, is the bull which Lord Siva rides and the gate keeper of Shiva according to Hindu mythology. An idol of Nandi facing the main shrine will be seen in every Siva temple. There are also a number of temples dedicated solely to Nandi.

Largest Nandis in India
1. Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh
2. Periya Kovil, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
3. Chamundi Hills, Mysore, Karnataka
4. Bull Temple, Bangalore, Karnataka
5. Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
6. Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebidu, Karnataka
7. Shanthaleswara Temple, Halebidu, Karnataka

Source: Wikipedia and Outlook Traveller

I saw the Nandhi framed in the doorway from inside the temple and just loved the view it created. Hence the shot.

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