Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mysore and around Part 10 Talakad

Date of Visit : Feb,12-2011

Situated on the banks of Kaveri river, Talakad is at about 45kms from Mysore. Talakad once had over 30 temples that today are buried in sand.The origin of this place dates back to 247-266 A.D.
At Talakad sand covers the temples. Among the temples of Talakad, the Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaidyanatheshwara and Mallikarjuna temples, the five Lingams believed to represent the five faces of Shiva, form the Pancha pathi and have become famous. In honour of these five Shiva temples, a fair is held once every 12 years calledPanchalinga Darshana, last held in 2009.

It is believed that a female named Alamelamma cursed the Talakad to be buried under the sand!

Most of the above is extracted from wikipedia link given here that you can consult for more interesting details.

Before visiting the temples excavated from sand, one has to visit this beautiful Siva Temple.

We are out of the Temple and it is time for unearthing the other the next post..!

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