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* 15 Feb 2022
Chennakeshava temple of Belur, in the Hassan district of Karnataka
Chennakeshava temple
Chenakeshava Temple of Belur is a 12-century Hindu temple in the Hassan district of Karnataka commissioned by King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 CE and it took over three generations - 103 years - to finish!
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* 19 Oct 2021
Amruteshvara Temple, Amruthapura, Chickmagalur district, Karnataka

* 25 Sep 2021
emblem of Hoysala dynasty - Pinterest collection
The figure representing Sala attacking the tiger became the emblem of the Hoysalas and can be seen in most of their temples. There are various theories attributed to this symbol. 
One theory is that the emblem was set as a tribute to the victory of King Vishnuvardhana over the Cholas, who had the tiger as their emblem. But the figure represented in the carving is that of a lion.
A second story is that when Sala was about to be attacked by a lion or tiger, he acted on the advice of his teacher "Poy Sala", meaning "strike Sala"and slayed the tiger with a single blow and this cry was used as the name of the dynasty.

This is the image of Sala. By virtue of this heroic exploit he becomes the leader of the tribe and gradually emerges as the king. More myths were built around him. For example, he killed the lion, which was ready to pounce on a meditating muni who in turn blessed him by giving him the power to rule. Such myths legitimise dynastic rule. The Sala symbol was Vishnuvardhana's creation and became the Hoysala symbol or crest, from his time.
Source: Hoysala heritage by S. Settar (historian),, April 25, 2003

* 25 Sep 2021
The origin of Hoysala dynasty goes to a historical personality named Sala. It is said that at Sosekapura - the present Angadi of Chikamaglur district, a Jain ascetic, Vardhamana (Sudatta) was worshiping the goddess Vasantika Devi. A tiger attacked him and he cried ‘Poy Sala’ or hit Sala, and Sala acting under these instructions struck the tiger and killed it. The sage was pleased and blessed him. Sala became a ruler shortly.

The early rulers of Hoysala dynasty after Sala was Vinayaditya. He was a subordinate of Chalukyan king, Vikramaditya-V. After him came Nripakama - his son, next Vinayaditya-II. It was Vinayaditya-II who extended the Hoysala territory and then changed the capital from Sosevur to Dorasamudra or Halebidu. After Vinayaditya-II, it was his grandson Ballala-I who came to power. He ruled only for eight years, and after his death his younger brother Vishnuvardhana came to power. During his reign (1108-1142 AD), he subjugated many dynasties. He defeated the Cholas and put an end to the Chola domination in the south. He became an independent monarch after he won against Chalukyan army.
Source: Hidden gems of Hoysala empire by oiop,, 1 Oct 2019

The Hoysalas considered by historians as natives of the Malnad region in Karnataka or the Yadavas from North India ruled a large part of modern day Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu from the 10th to the 14th century.

Nripa Kama II is the first prominently recognised king of the Hoysala dynasty.  The most prominent king of this dynasty was Vishnuvardhana Raya (originally named Bittideva.  He took up the name Vishnuvardhana after converting from Jainism to Vaishnavism under the influence of Sri Ramanujacharya.) Vishnuvardhana's wife Shantala Devi continued to follow Jainism.

* Jul 2021
Hoysala architectural style is considered an intermediate between the Indo-Aryan and Dravidian traditions. The Hoysala rulers had erected a number of shrines around Mysore between 1050 and 1300.
Some of the distinctive styles:
* The temples have a star shaped base with the main structure standing on a raised platform.
* There are three shrines structured around a central pillared hall, each with a tower.
* Pillars with horizontal mouldings, produced by a mechanical process.
* There are intricate grille windows, an abundance of sculptural details.
* The sikharas unlike the northern style (parabolic) are constructed in well defined horizontal tiers.
The temples are almost entirely covered with intricate sculptural carvings. This was mainly possible, for the temples were constructed out of a very fine grained soap stone (chloritic schist). It was much easier to work on this stone unlike granite or sand stone & hence carving intricate designs was very much possible on this soft stone. A further great quality of the stone is its softness when first quarried but turning very hard on exposure to air.