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Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple: Nandi and Surya Shrine


Outer wall of Nandi and Surya Shrine
The courtyard of the Halebidu Hoysaleswara Temple has two Nandi Shrines, each facing a garbhagriha (inner sanctum). The image shows a part of the shrine facing the south garbhagriha (a.k.a Shantaleswara Garbhagriha).

The front part of the shrine, which has the Nandi statue, is a mantapa (covered hall), just like the North Nandi Shine. Attached to this mantapa in the back is a chamber enclosing a statue of Surya, the sun god. The image shows the outer wall of this chamber. As you can see, it is decorated with beautifully carved reliefs and artwork.

North Nandi shrine Images
North Nandi Shine
Right side view of Nandi
Left side view of Nandi
Exquisitely carved hooves and tail
South Nandi Shrine Images
Nandi and Surya Shrine
Surya Shrine – Outer wall
Nandi Statue – Front view
Nandi Statue – Left side view
Surya, the Sun God

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