Hoysala architecture is a distinct style of architecture that thrived in the region of present-day Karnataka, India, during the rule of the Hoysala dynasty from the 11th to the 14th centuries. This style is renowned for its intricately detailed temple architecture, primarily associated with Hindu temples. Hoysala temples are characterized by their unique star-shaped ground plans, finely carved sculptures that adorn the temple exteriors, and the extensive use of soapstone for carving. These temples often feature tall and intricate vimanas (tower-like structures). Hoysala architecture is celebrated for its exceptional craftsmanship and artistic beauty, making it a significant contribution to India's rich architectural heritage.