Halebidu (town)

Halebidu (IAST: Haḷēbīḍ, also Halebeedu or Halebid, literally "old capital, encampment") is a town located in Hassan District, Karnataka, India. Halebidu (which used to be called Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra) was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. It is home to some of the best examples of Hoysala architecture. Most notable are the ornate Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara temples. The city got the name "Halebidu" because it was damaged and deserted into "old capital" after being ransacked and looted twice by Islamic forces of the Delhi Sultanate in the 14th-century.[1][2][3]


Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra
Karnataka, India
Halebidu (Karnataka)
Coordinates: 13.2157°N 75.9914°E / 13.2157; 75.9914
DistrictHassan district
880 m (2,890 ft)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code08172

The town is known for its temple complexes:[4][5][6]


Halebidu is connected by road and rail to Hassan (30 km), Mysore (150 km) and Mangalore (184 km). It is close to Belur, known for its Vaishnavism Hindu temples.

See also


  1. Robert Bradnock; Roma Bradnock (2000). India Handbook. McGraw-Hill. p. 959. ISBN 978-0-658-01151-1.
  2. Catherine B. Asher (1995). India 2001: Reference Encyclopedia. South Asia. pp. 29–30. ISBN 978-0-945921-42-4.
  3. Joan-Pau Rubiés (2002). Travel and Ethnology in the Renaissance: South India Through European Eyes, 1250-1625. Cambridge University Press. pp. 13–15. ISBN 978-0-521-52613-5.
  4. V Bharne; K Krusche (2014). Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 1–17. ISBN 978-1-4438-6734-4.
  5. http://asibengalurucircle.in/adinatha-basti-halebid
  6. Gopal, Madan (1990). K.S. Gautam (ed.). India through the ages. Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. p. 178.
  • Karnataka State Gazetteer 1983.
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