Hassan to Mysore

Trip Start May 01, 1958
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Novotel Village Resort

Flag of India  , Karnataka,
Sunday, December 5, 2010











1. Making brown sygar   2,  Transporting produce   3.  Belur Temple in Hoysala
4.  Bangaluru airport   5.  Ox cart    6.  Halebed Temple
7.  Inside Halebed Temple   8. sugar cane machine   9.  Detail @ Halebed Temple


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Dec 6: Hassan.    We departed the hotel at about 9AM for our 45 minute drive to Halebed.  As we entered the town, we saw some mosques and many Muslim women wearing burkas, and men with their caps.    We visited two temples this morning; the first temple dedicated to Shiva in Halebed built in 1121 AD.  We were able to stop in the middle of town for a short photo shoot.    It was built at a time when this was the water gateway to the city. There are 1248 rows of carvings here, and the detail on some carved into granite is delicate and detailed.   Many have some depth to them, and the docent showed us where a long pin can be put through some of the figurines.  The architectural style here is much different than the ones we saw in Hamabalipuram.  They have two different religions sharing the same compound; Hinduism and Jainism, because the king converted to Jainism while the wife remained a Hindu. 
There are two bull structures within the compound that represents Jainism. 








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Our second site was in Belur in older Hoysala.  It was founded in 1117 AD by King Vishnuverdhana, and is believed to have been commissioned to celebrate the King's conversion to Hinduism.  Some of the imagery of the King can be found in the main hall.  What was impressive of this building were some of the 48 pillars with great detail while others were of plain design.




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We returned to our hotel by 1:30PM with the rest of the day at leisure.   One in our group was taken to the hospital, but the good news is that she was just suffering from exhaustion.  The ambulance ride cost only 500 rupees, and that was for a round trip from our hotel to the hospital.  The doctor didn't charge any fee, and the clinic charged 50 rupees.    However, we learned that the hospital was very basic. 

The hotel is a rather large resort hotel with a swimming pool, but all their meals are buffet style without much choice for people who do not have the palate for Indian food and spices.   The good news is that they do have beer, and serve ice cream for dessert.
 


Dec 7:  Hassan to Mysore.   Our transit from Hassan to Mysore was rather long, considering the fact that we arrived at our hotel at 4PM.   Our only tour today was to the Jain Temple/Statue that's 57 feet tall!  I climbed the 650 steps to the top to see the huge statue, and my calf suffered the following two days. 






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