UNESCO expert visits Hassan’s Hoysala temple

UNESCO expert visits Hassan’s Hoysala temple

UNESCO expert visits Hassan’s Hoysala temple

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World Heritage Sites in India

  • Agra Fort
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Ellora Caves
  • Taj Mahal
  • Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram
  • Sun Temple, Konârak
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Keoladeo National Park
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Churches and Convents of Goa
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Group of Monuments at Hampi
  • Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Great Living Chola Temples 13
  • Group of Monuments at Pattadakal
  • Sundarbans National Park
  • Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
  • Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
  • Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
  • Mountain Railways of India
  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya
  • Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
  • Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)
  • Red Fort Complex
  • The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
  • Western Ghats
  • Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  • Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area
  • Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat
  • Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda, Bihar
  • Khangchendzonga National Park
  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement *
  • Historic City of Ahmadabad
  • Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai
  • Jaipur City, Rajasthan
  • Dholavira: a Harappan City
  • Kakatiya Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana


About Hoysaleshvara temple:

  • Hoysaleshvara temple at Halebidu in Karnataka is built in dark schist stone by the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana in 1150.
  • Hoysala temples are known for their hybrid or vesara architecture which is a unique style that is neither completely Dravida nor Nagara, but somewhere in between.
  • The Hoysaleswara temple while being a Shaivism tradition monument, includes many themes from Vaishnavism and Shaktism tradition of Hinduism, as well as images from Jainism.