Published on: November 10, 2023
Hoysala period inscriptions
Why in news? Hoysala period inscriptions, sculptures discovered in Mandya district.
- Researchers have discovered inscriptions and sculptures from the 12th and 13th centuries in Ragimuddenahalli, Pandavapura taluk.
What are the discoveries done ?
- The area was a religious centre of Shaivism in the Hoysala period.
- People here worshipped Bhairavis, which is generally more common in Central India, including in Odisha.
- Found sculptures of ‘Aasithaanga Bhairava’, ‘Aathmabali’ and a rare yogini sculpture of ‘Yaakini’ sculpted in soap stones under a mango tree
- Significant discovery is a sculptural panel of Saptamatrikas a the ruins of an Ishwara temple.
- The inscription is in Kannada language and indicates that father and son have created these sculptures.
- In the pedestal of sculptural panel of Bhairava, the name of the sculptor is mentioned as ‘Yarjochana maga Baichoja’.
About Hoysala period
- The Hoysala Empire was a Kannadiga power originating from the Indian subcontinent that ruled most of present Karnataka between the 10th and the 14th centuries.
- Capital : Initially located at Belur, later moved to Halebidu.
- Hoysala rulers were originally from Malenadu, an elevated region in the Western Ghats.
- The empire is remembered for Hoysala architecture that include the Chennakeshava Temple in Belur, the Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebidu, and the Chennakesava Temple in Somanathapura.
- Literature was flourished in Kannada and Sanskrit.