The most famous of the Belur sculptures – Sala slaying the lion, after which Sala got the name Hoy-sala and in turn the empire got the name Hoysala. Hoy in old Kannada means to-slay. Source: [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoysala_Empire ]
During the Hoysala empire, some of the most beautiful temples were constructed in Karnataka – Belur and Halebeedu being the epitome of the lot.
See it on Flickr – Here