Idols of Shiva and Parvathi in the Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebidu, Karnataka, India. The temple was built during the Hoysala Empire rule in the 12th century by King Vishnuvardhana. The construction was completed in 1121 CE. During the early 14th century, Halebidu was sacked and looted by Muslim invaders from northern India and the temple fell into a state of ruin and neglect. Previously known as Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra, Halebidu is 149 km from Mysore, in the state of Karnataka, India.
It has always been Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. However, what we see in this brilliant, intricate stone carving defies this, and has done that close to a thousand years ago. This picture has Brahma, Shiva and only then, Vishnu. The legend has it that the Hoysalas, great Vaishnavites were so magnanimous and respectful of Shivites that they always put the Shivites ahead of themselves when it came to respect and hospitality. This golden art is in Belur, off Hassan in Karnataka.