Monday, January 28, 2008

On the Hoysala Trail


" Hoy Sala " ( Strike Sala ! ) said the guru Sudatta Muni to his student , Sala who was in an armed combat with a tiger that had entered a temple. The student struck the animal in one blow, immortalizing himself and his victim . The guru was so pleased that he asked Sala to establish a kingdom and the Hoysala dynasty was established. The folklore became so popular that every temple of the Hoysalas has this story carved in stone and it became the royal emblem

We heard this story narrated to us by our guide in Belur, the erstwhile capital of the Hoysala Dynasty who ruled parts of South India from 11th to 14th century .Historians dismiss the myth, but stories like these have a certain lure about them. Join me in the next few posts as we explore the Hoysala Trail through their magnificent temples.

25 comments:

doIhavetoReally said...

Cool -- I didn't know what Hoysala stood for..

I am said...

hmm interesting.. didn't know there existed so many interesting places in and around Bangalore :) - nice

Sahasi said...

Great pics and good travels... do visit my blog and leave your comments...

Purnima said...

Love the pics.. Looking fwd to next posts on Hoysala trail

Apun Ka Desh said...

Hoysala Trail.. is interesting. Keep posting.

Apun Ka Desh said...

Hoysala Trail.. is interesting. Keep posting.

Which Main? What Cross? said...

At Belur, next to the main deity, by the side entrance, is a special enclosure that contains a pair of giant leather slippers. Almost as large as the main deity itself.

Even though you are not allowed to wear footwear inside the temple.
According to the local guide, the land that the temple stands on was donated to the king by two cobblers: Chenna and Vela.
These two must have been the Nike and Adidas of 12th Century Karnataka.

Chenna has the main temple of Belur - Chennakeshava named after him and Vela has the whole town, the capital, Velapuri (corrupted to Belur, as it is known now) named after him.

Leather footwear and armours used by the army probably made them rich enough for this honour.

Stephanie said...

So interesting, I always feel this is some grain of truth in every myth. Anxious to see more of the trail.

mark said...

breathtaking art, truly...someday, to visit this country

c e e d y said...

am ready for the journey :)

final_transit said...

This was a teaser and a really really good one. I am hooked on to see more now:)

Reeta Skeeter said...

Skeety is with you!!!
Wow!
Lovely!
And the lure... it is a great one ain't it?!
Happy Blogging!

Nanditha Prabhu said...

eager to join you in your journey !

GMG said...

Another great post, with an interesting to learn about!
I'll be absent for a while. Meanwhile, leave you with a somehow surprising post at Blogtrotter
Wish you a great fortnight and see you by mid-February!

indicaspecies said...

Beautiful shots, and am ready for the journey as well. :)

Shantanu said...

Very interesting! Anything that ends in 'sala' in India (until now) I took to be a gaali. :-)

Kalyan said...

This seems a wonderful trail with these lovely pics & the description...nice one!

indicaspecies said...

I giggled at Shantanu's comment here.

@Shantanu: Surely your wife's brother is not a 'gaali'..haha!!

Anyway, this 'la' sound in Hoysala is different from the usual Hindi 'la' sound. In Marathi you have it identified as a closed 'la' askhar of Hindi..got me? No?

Ok..This 'la' sound is created by touching the tip part of the tongue to the roof of the mouth and getting it out with a bit of force while saying 'la.' Complicated? :)

final_transit said...

@ Celine: That was a good one, even I didn't know that hoysala ended with a ळ sound. This particular character is quite often used south of Vindhyas.

So which of these is the right way to pronounce?
होयसाळ
होसाळ
होयसळ
होसळ
(taking it to next level of complication)

backpakker said...

doIhavetoreally - Stories are such fun..names, places all have a story behind them

I am - thats the best thing about bangalore..many getaways

sahasi - welcome to backpakker..thanks..just visited you.

purnima - thanks..hope you enjoy them

apun ka desh - welcome to the trail..

WMWC - Thanks for the story..pls share more..I heard a different version , but thats what stories are...the more versions, the better ,,adds to the charm

stephanie - agree with you..thats why i like myths..this is a hop on , hop off bus

mark - so when are you coming down ? im sure you will love this country

ceedy - the bus is waiting for you..

priyank - teasers add to the fun na :) more on the hoysala

skeety - lots of lore too

nanditha - welcome to the ride

gmg - looking forward to seeing you again..have a great trip :)

Celine - thanks ..the journey has begun..

kalyan -thank you ..hope you enjoy more of it ..

shantanu - lol..So many meanings to one word..Maybe swear words have an origin too

celine - wow..been practising it for an hour now..in case I have to get to phonetics, I know the expert now ..My tongue is somewhere stuck in the roof...

Priyank - " la " is quite universal ..Im wondering how it would be pronounced if its the devanagere script or the modern kannada script..Im not an expert ..maybe celine could answer this !

indicaspecies said...

@ Lakshmi: I hope your tongue has unstuck by now and is free for other activities..lol
Priyank is the expert, isn't he? ;)
He has not only understood my earnest attempt of the description of the 'la' sound but has so kindly provided us the exact Marathi alphabet as well.

indicaspecies said...

@ Priyank: Yay!! It's the THIRD one. Thanks . You rescued me..lol
Now everyone here knows how to pronounce Hoysala like the Kannadigas do..at least I shall presume so.

So, the much discussed 'la' alphabet in Hoysala in Kannada is this: ಳ
(I hope it prints properly in the comment box).

final_transit said...

Yes, this is the longest discussion abt the hard L character in human history :)

Indrani Ghose said...

I was reading your old posts, very informative. I feel I should not delay the trip to Hoysala, Belur any more.

backpakker said...

do that and let me know if you need any help ..