DMPQ: Write a short note on Hoysala architecture.

Hoysala architecture is the Hindu temple architecture which got developed in the region of Karnataka near Mysore. It developed in the period from 1050-1300 A.D with the prominent seats being Belur, Halebid and Sringeri.

Salient features of Hoysala Architecture

  • Multiple shrines of different deities were built around a central pillared hall.
  • Stellate plan: These shrines are established intricately in the design of a star.
  • Soft soapstone was the main building material.
  • Massive emphasis was laid on the decoration of the temple through sculptures.
    • Both the interior and exterior walls, even the pieces of jewellery worn by the deities were intricately carved.
  • The temples were built on an upraised platform known as Jagati.
  • The walls and stairs of the temple followed a zigzag pattern.


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