Hoysala inscription found near Arsikere
Context: An inscription of the Hoysala period and pedestals were found close to the site where a government engineering college is coming up at Kellengere near Arsikere. The stone inscription was in Kannada. It is a Jain inscription.
About Hoysala Empire:
- The Hoysala Empire was a Kannadiga power originating from the Indian subcontinent that ruled most of what is now Karnataka, India between the 10th and the 14th centuries.
- The capital of the Hoysalas was initially located at Belur but was later moved to Halebidu.
- The Hoysala rulers were originally from Malenadu, an elevated region in the Western Ghats.
- In the 12th century, taking advantage of the internecine warfare between the Western Chalukya Empire and Kalachuris of Kalyani, they annexed areas of present-day Karnataka and the fertile areas north of the Kaveri delta in present-day Tamil Nadu.
- By the 13th century, they governed most of Karnataka, minor parts of Tamil Nadu and parts of western Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the Deccan Plateau.