Kan: ಹಳೇಬೀಡು haḷēbīḍu

‘Old City’ [Halebid]  Town/Monument, Karnataka

From Kan: haḷē, ‘old’; and bīḍu, ‘camp’, ‘settlement’.

Halebid was capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12thC. It is home to some superb Hindu and Jain temples, fine examples of ornate Hoysala architecture. The name ‘old’ was attached after it was it was left in ruins after incursions by Delhi Sultanate troops in the 14th century.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Karnataka place names.


Hoysaleshwara temple, Halebid

Hoysaleshwara temple, Halebid         Lodo