17 Facts About Hoysala


Hoysala Empire was a Kannadiga power originating from the Indian subcontinent that ruled most of what is Karnataka between the 10th and the 14th centuries.

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Hoysala rulers were originally from Malenadu, an elevated region in the Western Ghats.

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Hoysala era was an important period in the development of South Indian art, architecture, and religion.

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The Hoysala rulers patronised the fine arts, encouraging literature to flourish in Kannada and Sanskrit.

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The legend purporting to show how Sala became the founder of the Hoysala dynasty is shown in the Belur inscription of the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana, dated c, but owing to several inconsistencies in the story it remains in the realm of folklore.

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Hoysala annexed Gangavadi and parts of Nolambavadi from the Cholas in 1116 and moved the capital from Belur to Dorasamudra, After taking Talakadu and Kolar in 1116, Vishnuvardhana assumed the title Talakadugonda in memory of his victory.

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Hoysala'storians refer to the founders of the Hoysala dynasty as Maleparolganda, basing their evidence on inscriptions that describes them as being originally from Malenadu.

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Hoysala declared war against the Yadavas and defeated the Kadambas.

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The Hoysala kings gave grants of land as rewards for service to the heads of families, who then became landlords to tenants who worked on the land and in the forests.

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Hoysala administration supported itself through revenues from an agrarian economy.

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Two notable locations of Jain worship in the Hoysala territory were Shravanabelagola and Panchakuta Basadi, Kambadahalli.

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Hoysala's teachings inspired later philosophers like Vallabha in Gujarat and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Bengal.

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Hoysala court supported scholars such as Janna, Rudrabhatta, Harihara and his nephew Raghavanka, whose works are enduring masterpieces in Kannada.

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Hoysala was one of the earliest Virashaiva writers who was not part of the vachana literary tradition.

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Hoysala came from a family of accountants from Halebidu and spent many years in Hampi writing more than one hundred ragales in praise of Virupaksha .

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Hoysala relied more on the Puranas than the Vedas for logical proof of his philosophy.

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The Hoysala artists achieved this with the use of Soapstone, a soft stone as basic building and sculptural material.

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