"Imagine two Belur temples face
to face connected by a covered passage way and you have the Halebidu
temple", thus sums up an art - critic his opinion on helebidu temple.
" How apt and brief is the observation, and correct cent percent",
exclaims the beholder on going round this paradise of the master sculptors. This
ingenious, yet dispassionate verdict amply and precisely highlights the glory of
the famous temple at Halebidu - the touchstone of stone - cutters' artistry that
has been holding the beholders spell-bound since its construction, way back in
the eleventh century. The similarities galore existing between this and Belur
striking the eye stupify the visitors even before going round the temple
complex. The structural similitude manifesting itself in architectural modes and
sculptural adornments, despite testifying to the magnificent patronage and the
marvellous artistry, the date of its construction as inscribed in the otive
offerings has given rise to arguments, but the royal banquet the sculpture
stands better, rates higher, proves holier than Belur for reasons more than one.
Here the artistes seem to be in a mood of gay abandon in giving expressions to
their conception, conjecture in carving icons.