From modest beginnings around 950 C.E., the Hoysalas emerged first as local chieftains under the Ganga dynasty of the South and then the Chalukyas.
And for the first time in the history of South, a single Hindu empire encompassing the whole of South India was born.
Hoysala era temples are dedicated to two religions, Hinduism and Jainism.
Vaishnava temples always bear the name of the deity the temple is dedicated to.
The best part about visiting these temples is that the locals are always happy to have a visitor. So If you find a temple shut, do not be disheartened. 🙂