Design Projects

Hoysala Temple

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In 2010 the Shree Kalyana Venkateshwara Hoysala Art Foundation has commissioned PRASADA, through Cardiff University’s Research and Commercial Development division (RACD), for Prof. Adam Hardy to design a new temple in the complex 12th-century style of the Hoysala dynasty. The traditionally constructed Hindu temple is to be built on a hill at Venkatapura near Nangali in Kolar District, Karnataka, India, made of the blue-grey soapstone (chloritic schist) beloved of the Hoysalas. It is to be dedicated to Vishnu in the form of Shree Venkateshwara (or Balaji). The brief is not for a copy of a Hoysala temple, but for a new creation arising from the design principles manifest in the tradition. The client aims to revitalise regional cultural traditions: the temple is to provide a setting for dance performances, with schools of dance and sculpture envisaged at the site. A group of master craftsmen proficient in the Hoysala style of sculpture has been identified to work on the project and to train apprentices.

The bhumipuja (initiation of the project, orientation of the temple, worship of the goddess earth) took place on 21 March 2010, and the shilanyasa (foundation stone ceremony) in April 2012. Large granite blocks are (2013) being transported to the site and lain to create a level platform for the whole complex.

Yashaswini Sharma, who completed her MPhil with PRASADA, is collaborating on the project through her architectural practice, Esthétique Architects

Temple trust website:

History and Development of the Project

Latest Drawings

SKVT main temple side elevation

SKVT main temple side elevation

Press articles and broadcasts on the project

Interview with Roy Noble, The Roy Noble Programme, BBC Radio Wales, 23 April 2010

Interview with Claire English, Culture Café, BBC Radio Scotland, 4 May 2010

Article in Building Design, 23 April 2010, and BD online:

Article in South Wales Echo, 15 April 2010; pdf at

Online article at