Hoysala Temples: Between the 11th and 14th centuries, the Hoysala kings in southern India built distinctive temples characterized by a star shaped base built up with a complex profusion of images intricately carved from soapstone (chloritic schist) running in parallel lines along zig-zag walls.
We first visited Halebid, in the Hassan district of Karnataka. After this ancient city was sacked twice by the Delhi sultanate, the capital was moved to Belur where the carvings appeared even finer in detail. One dancing figure has a bangle that moves up her arm. My favorite is the figure of Arjuna, the Pandava prince, aiming an arrow accurately into the eye of a spinning fish overhead, by looking into its reflection in a pool of water -my son’s name is Arjun 🙂 The big Nandi, or bull, is carved out of a single stone. The temples have been proposed to be UNESCO heritage sites..I’m surprised that they are not already.