The Hoysala kings wer great patrons of the arts.There are many beautiful temples built by them between 1000 to600 years ago in our state. One of the most beautiful is the Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple at Javagal. It has intricate carvings on all the walls.
The temples have hundreds of stone pillars.
The entrance is guarde by a pair of stone elephants.The elephants are adorned with stone ornaments.
These temples were built using the locally available soap stone, which is soft when it is freshly quarried, but turns hard and strong after being exposed to the elements.