Hassan

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Floohoo Travels offer Hassan Tour Packages and Hassan Holiday Packages. Choose from a wide range of tour packages based on your interests and needs. Hassan was founded sometime in the 11th century during the Hoysala Dynasty who reigned from the 11th to the 14th century. Today, their nearby capital of Dwarasamudra is in ruins that can be seen scattered around the hamlet of Halebidu. Many experts consider the ruins in the area to be the finest examples of temple architecture in Karnataka.Historians believe that the early Hoysala kings were Jains, but their descendants built the finest temples in the area, and they were dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Their early capital was Belur near Hassan, and along with Halebidu, it should be considered an essential part of every history buff’s travel itinerary in Karnataka. The main attraction in Belur is the magnificent stone carved Chennakesava Temple complex that contains the Chennakesava Temple. Named the Vijayanarayana Temple on its commission by King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD, historians differ on the possible reasons for its construction, but the military successes of the temple’s patron is considered a probable reason. The Hoysalas employed many noted architects and artisans in the design of this fabulous temple complex, and they went on to develop the Karnata Dravida tradition of temple architecture.

Shravanabelagola near Hassan is one of the most important pilgrimage centres for Jains. The monuments here reached a peak in architectural and sculptural evolution under the patronage of the Ganga rulers of Talakad. The 57 foot monolithic statue of the Jain spiritual teacher Bhagavan Gomateshwara Bahubali is located on the Vindhyagiri hillock and is considered to be the world's largest monolithic stone statue. The base of the statue bears an inscription in Prakrit, which dates from 981 AD. Every twelve years, thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka, a spectacular ceremony in which the statue is covered with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and gold coins from a specially constructed tower whose purpose is to allow the offerings to flow down the monolith’s face.

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