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Talakad

Talakad is a mystical town that offers both beautiful temples and scenic natural beauty. The town is associated with intriguing legends that explain the history of the ancient temples that lie buried in sand beside the flowing Cauvery River.

Talakad is an ancient town near Mysore located on the banks of the River Cauvery.  This town is famous for its beautiful ancient temples, most of which are buried under sand. The Cauvery River here changes course, and its sandy banks feature silver beaches, enhancing the beauty of the temples.

There is a story of a curse associated with Talakad. Tirumala II, the ruler of Vijayanagara Empire, was once defeated by Raja Wodeyar of Mysore. Tirumala and his wife Alamelamma retreated to a village near Talakad called Malingi on the banks the River Cauvery. She brought with her a few jewels, which she gave to the temple priest every week to decorate the deity. But Raja Wodeyar ordered that the jewels be confiscated, which greatly upset Alamelamma. When the king’s men arrived to take the precious belongings, Alamelamma drowned herself in the river along with her jewels, uttering this curse on the king of Mysore:   “Let Talakad become sand. Let Malingi become a whirlpool. Let the Mysore King have no heirs.”

Talakad gradually started getting buried in sand.  In addition, the Wodeyars have been heirless for four centuries, and even their adopted heirs have had sons but no grandsons. Every second generation has had to adopt children to continue the dynasty.

The archaeological department has not been able to explain how such a well-designed and fertile city, which had an elaborate water supply system, could be quickly buried in sand dunes.

There are 30 temples buried under the sand, very few of which have been excavated by the Archeological Survey of India. The Vaidyeshsara Temple and four other temples - Arkeshwara, Vasukishwara or Pataleshwara, Saikateshwara or Maraleshwara and Mallikarjuna - are visible, and together constitute the Panchalingams. These five Shivalingams are said to represent the five faces of Shiva. These temples are open only once in 12 years.

According to another legend, the two hunters Tala and Kada were cutting a tree with an axe, and saw blood gushing out of the tree. A divine voice told them to apply the leaves and fruits of the tree to the wound. They obeyed and the tree was healed. It is believed that the divine voice that of Vaidyanatheswhara - Lord Shiva, the lord of physicians, who suggested the remedy for his own wound. Locals believe that this mixture of blood and mud, named “Moolamrithika”, is a panacea for all diseases.

Vaidyanatheshwara temple
The Vaidyanatheshwara Temple is the most famous temple here. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is built out of granite in the Dravidian style. Much of the temple was built by the Vijayanagara kings, while a smaller portion was constructed by the Hoysalas. Two huge Dwarapalakas guard the temple entrance, and the outer walls are adorned with sculptures. There is also a statue of Ganesha seated on a horse. Several exquisite depictions of Shiva and Vishnu decorate the walls and pillars of the temple.
Mallikarjuna Temple,
The Mallikarjuna Temple, Saikateshwara or Maraleshwara Temple, Vasukishwara or Pataleshwara Temple, and the Arkeshwara Temple are other spiritual places to visit.
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HINDUSTAN AIRPORT 139 Km 02H 48m
Mysore Airport 54 Km 01H 03m
Mysore City Junction
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The climate temperate with moderate variations in temperature in different seasons. In summer ( March to May) the days are hot, eveings bring relief.The temperature ranges from 11°C to 38°C. Winters (December to February) with minimum temperature touching below 10°C are very pleasant. Best period to visit is September to March.
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