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Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple: Nandi Shrine (North)


Nandi Shrine
The courtyard of the Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple has two Nandi Shrines, each facing a garbhagriha (inner sanctum). The shrine shown in the image is in front of the north garbhagriha (a.k.a. Hoysaleswara Garbhagriha)

The approach to the Nandi statue is through a stone staircase flanked on either side by an identical mini shrine. Supporting the stone roof are the beautifully carved stone pillars. Inside the mantapa, there is a circumambulation path (pradakshina patha) for devotees to go around the Nandi statue.

Carved out of a single rock, this magnificent statue of Nandi is a superb work of art with great attention paid to detail. As you can see, it has retained its original polish.

North Nandi Images
Front view of Nandi
Right side view of Nandi
Exquisitely carved hooves and tail
A view from the temple

South Nandi Images
Nandi and Surya Shrine
Surya Shrine – Outer wall
Nandi Statue – Front view
Nandi Statue – Left side view
Surya, the Sun God
A view from the temple

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