|Sculptures on the walls of the Hoysaleshwara temple|
There are totally 4 doorways for the temple out of which the south door is of most importance. The entrance looks similar to that of the Belur, and is a true Hoysala style of architecture, with two model shrines on either sides of the door and the Lintel being exquisitely carved with small sculptures on them.
|The south entrance of the Hoysaleshwara temple|
|The Dwarapalakas and the lintel work at the south entrance|
The most beautiful sculpture in Hoysaleshwara temple were the two sculptures of Dwarapalakas at the south door of the temple, it has the most elaborately carved ornaments on both these sculptures.
|Dwarapalaka at the North entrace|
|Dwarapalaka on the right of the south entrance|
|Dwarapalaka on the left of the south entrance|
|Here you can imagine those days how rich and elegant were there ornaments decorated so beautifully|
|Even today you wont find such a beautiful jewels of gold which were those days carved out of stone|
There are 240 large sculptures on the walls of the temple, out of them the most significant ones being the Shiva and Vishnu images.
The avatars of Vishnu include Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, and Krishna. And there are many Shiva sculptures found on the walls.
This relief of Varaha seems to emphasize his fierceness against the conquered demon, rather than his tenderness towards the rescued goddess.
The fineness of the carving, which is deeply undercut and encrusted with ornamentation in the best Hoysala style, is characteristic of most sculptures on the temple.
There were many images of Narasimha out of which im showing you two of them below
3. Vishnu Trivikrama
Vishnu takes a giant step to reclaim the universe, as Garuda worships to his right. Brahma (with three heads) appears beside Vishnu's right foot, indicating that in this step Vishnu has covered the heavens.
There were two images of Garuda which i found here. The first one is the Garuda, who as a bird is the traditional enemy of snakes, fights a pair of nagas.
The second one was on another here also you can notice the wings on the left side of the pic.
|Garuda fighting with snake|
|Garuda, you can notice the wings on his right|
Shiva dances powerfully on the body of a demon, which he tramples under foot.
A fierce manifestation of Shiva dancing on a demon. Shiva holds multiple weapons, a snake-entwined skull staff (photo left), and a drum (photo left, above Nandi). A corpse appears to the right edge of the photo. At the upper right of the photo, Shiva spears a small enemy with his trident.
|Shiva with Trishul in his hand|
7.Shiva & Parvati
The right image is of Shiva Parvati on Nandi
The Slayer of the elephant demon.The fierce aspect of the Hindu god Shiva as the Destroyer of the elephant demon, Gajasura.
This image is a stunning amalgamation of gentle Bhikshatana and fierce Bhairava, both forms of Shiva. The sandals belong to Bhikshatana, the other attributes to Bhairava. In the lower right, two figures seem to represent a Brahmin trying to keep his wife away from Bhikshatana. The figures may be interpreted as emaciated aescetics (Bhikshatana), as corpses (Bhairava), or - as so often in additive cultures like India's - as both. Overall, the fierce expression and imagery of Bhairava clearly dominate this sculpture, which I would characterize as Bhikshatana assimilated into Bhairava.
11. Lakshmi Narayana
|Lakshmi Narayana, also seen here is the most popular madanika style of Belur on the right of the pic|
12. Ravana lifting Kailasa
Ravana Lifting Kailasa mountain, Similar to that of the Belur.
So much of details can be seen here, with Shiva - Parvati sitting on Nandi on top of the mountain.
|Ravana Lifting Mount Kailasa|
14. Durga MahishasuramardiniDurga, armed with the weapons of all the gods, slays the buffalo demon Mahisha.
Kali dances around the graveyard with trident, sword, and severed head. She is adored by attendant corpses. Kali represents Time, which brings all things to ruin.
16. Trimurti - Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara
17. Lord Krishna
18. Govardhana Giridhari
Lord Krishna again......Govardhana Giridhari!! Notice the details of Govardhana Mountain!!
|Sawaswati at the center|
20. Madanika under foliage
Shilabalikas under foliage. Notice beautifully sculpted robes of theirs!!
|Shilabalike under foliage|
21. Dancing girl under Foliage
Madanika or Dancing girl under Foliage.......can anything be more beautiful and complete than this!!!!!
There was a large panel of sculptures of Gods and Goddesses, seven in total, and i suppose the most unique of them all. All of these images were on top of the wall, unreachable from ground.
|Panel of sculptures of Gods and Goddesses, with seven images|
|The first four of them were, from left, Brahma, Maheshwara, Vishnu, Lakshmi(??)|
|The last three were Vishnu with Adishesha, Shiva and the last one coudnt recall the name|
There was another panel with series of images which includes a madanika also along with the Gods
|From right Shiva-Parvati, Vishnu, Maheshwara, Brahma, and followed by Madanika in dancing pose|
I'm pasting here the rest of the images which i felt were also important...
Some more images of the walls of the temple
|Wall Sculptures on the walls of the Hoysaleshwara temple|
|Wall sculptures with drum dancer at the center, here the ropes of the dhol or dholi is carved out of the stone leaving behind hollow sections inside, giving a view of a real Dhol or Hand Drum|
|The designs on top of the sculptures|
|On the left is the Dancer with tabla, at the center must be the image of Vishnu, and on the right is a Shilabalike or the dancing madanika|
|Light and Shade on the Sculptures|
Apart from these sculptures there were two Nandi mantapas attached to the temple and an Archeological museum in the campus which i'll be detailing in the following post.
Nandi Mandapa’s and the Temple complex...To be continued...