visit plan: halebid, belur, shravanabelagola

The following document extract was circulated a few weeks back to the erdkinder and relevant adults, to enebale us to do the basic groundwork, before we embark on the trip, sometime this week.

The children have already been exposed to the relevant parts of ths history.

Hope a few interested folks may find these catergorized listings and pointers useful.


This document explores the learning possibilities for the children (erdkinder), as they plan to make the trip to:

  • Halebidu
  • Belur
  • Shravanabelagola

 The adult who would handle / oversee all these tasks to be identified.

1.      The following groundwork needs to be done by the children before they embark on the trip.

1.1.   Talking to /interviewing people who have already visited these places and taking down notes on what to see and what to do and how to plan.

1.2.   Approximate costing – in terms of  travel, vehicle hire charges + driver or fuel + driver, food, permits, entrance fees.

1.3.   Approximate per person funds collection: assuming x children and y adults.

1.4.   Arrangement of logistics – route fixing, timelines, food, water, emergency contact numbers, emergency kit, camera, cells etc etc

1.5.   Study approaches:

1.5.1.      What are monolithic statues?

1.5.2.      What are the various types of stones that are normally used in sculptures?

1.5.3.      What are frescoes?

1.5.4.      Hoysalas have been very vigorous builders of temples? why?

1.5.5.      How come the Hoysalas constructed not only shiva and Vishnu temples, but also jain ones?

1.5.6.      Find out the names of other places in Karnataka which have the stamp of Hoysalas. Why are they concentrated mainly in the malenadu region?

1.5.7.      What are the influences on the Hoysala architecture? Or from what forms is this architectural style evolve?

1.5.8.      What are the prominent features of hoysala architecture (lathe turned columns – sometimes with brackets on top, ornate vimaanas – stellate/rhomboid, multiple shrines/kutas, multiple eaves, jagged bays in the main mantapa, banana bud motifs on ceiling, pierced-stone latticework, vestibule with sukanaasi, clockwise sequenced reliefs, soapstone/schist carvings, jagati, makaratoranas, balustrades, polygonal pradakshinapatha, sala bhanjikas, erotic/shaktham inspired reliefs etc etc)

1.5.9.      What are stepped wells better known as? What is their primary use?

1.5.10.  What do you think of the generations of sculptors who created these wonderful works of art? How did they survive? Are there any characteristic ‘signatures’ of these craftsmen? Were there craftsmen from other kingdoms?

1.5.11.  Do you know that, just about 3.5 KMs from NammaShaale there is a small but exquisite temple with standard Hoysala architecture patterns? Find out where and visit it! (Not maintained well though!)

1.5.12.  Again, there is a kalyaani barely 5 KMs away from school? Where is it? (This is not at all maintained)

1.6.   Halebidu:

1.6.1.      What could have been the reason for Halebidu to become the capital of the Hoysalas?

1.6.2.      Why do invaders ransack temples and palaces? (Malik Kafur ransacked Halebid during the 1300s)

1.6.3.      What was the original name of Halebidu and why the name? (Then and now)

1.6.4.      What are the temples in Halebidu – their details

1.7.   Belur

1.7.1.      What was the original name of Belur?

1.7.2.      How come there is a rajagopuram at the temple? Isn’t this a feature of chola architectire?

1.7.3.      How are the figurines of young women carved here are different from other hoysala temples?

1.8.   Shravanabelagola

1.8.1.      How come there is a jain shrine (working) in the heart of Karnataka?

1.8.2.      What is interesting about the inscriptions below the icon?

1.8.3.      What are anatomically incorrect in the statue?

1.8.4.      What is the origin / etymology of the word shravanabelagola?

1.8.5.      The story of Gommateshwara – a myth or a legend/ what is it?

1.8.6.      The story of the statue? what is it?

2.                  During the trip, the following exploratory / observational work needs to be done – to be instructed by the adult in-charge:

2.1.   Identify all the features of hoysala architectureand name them.

2.2.   Spend time noting layers of information of reliefs.

2.3.   Explore the anatomical correctness and design of figurines.


3.                  Post trip, for closure, the following need to be done – or thought about..

3.1.   A presentation on some features.of the architecture.

3.2.   A detailed report/diarization of the trip

3.3.   If you want to visit these places again, what will you do differently?

3.4.   Thanksgiving letters to the archaeology dept  or caretakers of

3.5.   Important points learned – and interesting avenues to be explored.

3.6.   How come of the 1000 odd temples of hoysalas, only about 100 survive.


A report, post the visit will be filed too…

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