BELUR TRIP  14TH TO 17TH OCTOBER 2021 (3) (SOL)

On the 15th morning, we woke up refreshed. There is a restaurant in the hotel premises. We were told breakfast would be served after some time. So, we walked down the main road and saw a small restaurant. We ate idli vada with sambhar, chutney there and walked back. My husband wanted to buy bananas. We were told there was market down the road, past our hotel. There we saw a shop selling different varieties of the fruit.

Belur was the capital of the Hoysalas in the early years of their rule. Later they shifted it to Halebidu. This town was called Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra in those long ago days. We left the hotel at  9.30. As we drove, we saw miles and miles of jowar fields. One  hamlet was separated from the next by these fields with absolutely no houses in sight. This is very different from our region where people live adjacent to their land. Those hamlets looked deserted; maybe the inhabitants were out working. I noticed this silence in most of the villages we saw that day.

Halebidu is famous for the Hoysaleshwara temple, Kedaraeshwara temple and Jain Basadis. We first went to Hoysaleshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main temple has two sanctums for different forms of Lord Shiva. Adjacent to the temple there are two Nandis on covered platforms.

This temple looks similar to the one in Belur. Here too there are beautiful sculptures inside.

On the outer walls many carvings were broken. That was sad to see. We were surprised to see board games etched on the ledges inside the temple. We were later told that people in those times gathered in the temple to play these games. That seemed good😊.

Many carvings in these temples depict scenes from our epics. But it is difficult for us to identify familiar stories. It would be good to go there with someone who really knows the art. Two sculptures  caught my attention. They were really impressive for their narratives. In the first a man is being attacked by elephants from two sides. In the next a man is surrounded by serpents. In both instances the men continue their meditation.

When the Hoysala  kings were killed at war, their bodyguards  killed themselves. Outside the temple there was a pillar in memory of those soldiers. Looking at the pillar I wondered what happened to the women and children in their lives.

There were stone inscriptions. We could recognize some of the Kannada letters. It would be interesting to know what was written in them. To one side of the temple complex is a huge man-made lake called  Dwarasamudra lake but there is a fence in between.

There are lawns with beautiful trees. People were relaxing there. We too sat under a huge tree and gazed at the temple, built so long ago.

Halebeedu was the Capital of Hoysala rulers – India Travel Timeshttp://www.indiatraveltimes.com/karnataka/halebeedu.php

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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  1. Lakshmi, your posts are so educational and inspiring. I feel like I’ve been to India a little more. You know my favorite parts of this post–your breakfast and sitting under that big beautiful tree. Wow!

    My husband’s favorite breakfast is vada sambar. I love it too, and we like idli sambar, too. I just went on a search, and I see there are recipes for idli vada, made with leftover idli. Is that what you had for breakfast? It sounds amazing!

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    1. Thank you Denise, here in most restaurants we are given just idli sambhar or the combination of two idlis and a vacation in a plate. We can also have only vada with sambhar. We usually take two idlis and vada with sambhar. I did not know about vada made from leftover idli 😊. I slice leftover idli and roast it on the pan. I add a little ghee, it tastes good. I also make this, https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/masala-idli-recipe/, I crumble the idli instead of making pieces. When did you and your husband start eating idli and sambhar? It is interesting that cuisine of different parts of the world is available everywhere, all over the world.

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      1. Yes, so many cuisines have moved around the world! We are still living in the Kingdom of Bahrain, home to hundreds of thousands of Indian expatriates. (Many more countries too, so we have lived in a global community for 8 years.) Sangeetha’s is right down the street, where we often enjoy their mini tiffin and masala chai. We also make sambar, idli and dosas at home. I’m trying to learn to make my own batter for when we move back to the US in January.

        My daughter in Minnesota has a South Indian restaurant where they enjoy dosas and pani puri.

        It has been a delicious joy to learn a little about Indian cuisine.

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  2. Great pictures to accompany great experience. Thanks. As far as I can remember, serpents signify human race in our scripture. Lord shiva has a serpent to signify human race. The position signifies the capability to reach enlightenment by us being just below the head or mind.

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