Are you ready for a time warp? Because Halebid or Halibedu is a village frozen in time!
Located in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, this village is an architectural gem that will make your jaws drop! You’ll be awestruck by the beautiful collection of temples, shrines and sculptures that decorate this place. The Hoysala architecture in Halebid is so impressive that it has earned the title of “Gem of Indian architecture.”
Although the much of it is now in ruins, it still retains its former glory and majesty. Halebid was the imperial capital of the Hoysala Empire during the 12th and 13th centuries, and it is a great showcase of culture and history. If you’re a history buff or an architecture lover, Halebid is the perfect destination for you!
If you’re wondering how Halebid got its name, let us fill you in. During the 14th century, it was looted and plundered by Malik Kafur of the Delhi Sultanate twice. Hence it got its name ‘Halebid’ which translates to the ‘old city’.
The temple’s walls are decorated with intricate sculptures that tell the stories of various Gods and brave Hoysala soldiers. You can feel the devotion and passion that went into building this magnificent temple.
Halebid is also known as the temple town, and it houses two Hindu temples- Hoysaleswar and Kedaleshwar, and two Jain basadis. The Hoysaleswar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is constructed on a star-shaped platform and took 105 years to complete. The temple walls are dotted with tiny depictions from Hindu mythology and carvings of birds, animals, and dancing figurines. You’ll be amazed by the attention to detail and the craftsmanship of the artisans who built this temple.
When it comes to food, Halebid has simple stuff to offer. You can enjoy South-Indian and North Indian platters, which are the most common in the area. The food is generally vegetarian and simple, but you may come across Continental and Mughlai and Tandoori cuisines too. Some specialties of the town are Kesuvina Gantu, Kaayi kadabu, and Halasinakai Chutney.
If you’re interested in Jain temples, then Basadi Halli is the place to go. The highly polished pillars in the Parswanathaswamy temple, Adinathaswamy temple, and the Shanthinathaswamy temple resemble mirrors. You’ll also find several monasteries in the region.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Halebid for an unforgettable journey back in time!