Talakadu Temples

Talakad

About:

Talakad is a scenic and spiritual pilgrimage center located in near T. Narasipura, Mysore district. Talakad is also know as Talakadu in Kannada, state language of Karnataka. Talakad is situated on the banks of the Kapila Cauvery River. Talakad is about 130 Kms from Bangalore and 50 Kms from Mysore. River Cauvery makes a sharp turn here.

Talakad Panchalinga Darshana: In honour of above five Shiva temples, a fair is held once every 12 years called Panchalinga Darshana. The Panchalinga Darshana is held on a new moon day in the month of Karthika when two stars conjoin, the stars of Khuha Yoga and Vishaka. The last Panchalinga Darshana held in 2006.

Location info:

Address:located in near T. Narasipura, Mysore district.
District:Mysore district
Nearest City:Malavalli
Best time to visit: The best season to visit would be from March-July and September-March.

Climate/Weather:

The months of January and February are slightly cold while summers begin from March and continues till May. Post monsoon begins from October and remains till December. The best season to visit Karnataka is definitely the winter (between October to February) where the travelers can enjoy the most of Karnataka.

History:

It was a capital of the Ganga Dynasty (350-999 AD). It was the capital of several dynasties that ruled over Karnataka. Then it was ruled by the Cholas of Tamil Nadu from the 11th to the 12th century. Then Talakad came under the Hoysalas in the 12th century after this the Vijayanagar Kings and the Maharajas of Mysore patronized this place.

Talakad once had over 30 temples that today are buried in sand. Among the temples of Talakad, the Pathaleshwara or Vasukishwara, Maruleshwara or Saikateshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaidyanathee-shwara and Mallikarjuna temples, the five Lingams believed to represent the five faces of Shiva. The Pataleshwara Shivalingam is said to change colors during the day (red in the morning, black in afternoon and white in the evening). There is also Keerthinarayana temple, a Vishnu temple of 12th century is built in the Chalukyan style.

Interesting things to do:

Talakad Panchalinga Darshana: In honour of above five Shiva temples, a fair is held once every 12 years called Panchalinga Darshana. The Panchalinga Darshana is held on a new moon day in the month of Karthika when two stars conjoin, the stars of Khuha Yoga and Vishaka. The last Panchalinga Darshana held in 2006.

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Mysore
Nearest Airport:Bangalore
Road Transport:Talakad is well connected with roads from Bangalore and Mysore.
How to reach Talakad from Bangalore: Bangalore - Kanakapura - Malavalli - Talakad
Few Buses ply from Malavalli to Talakad How to reach Talakad from Bangalore:
Distance from Talakad:
Somnathpur - 15 kms
T. Narasipur - 25 kms
Mysore - 50 kms
Bangalore - 130 kms

Nearest Visiting places:

T. Narasipura, Mysore

Nearest Petrol Pump:

Malavalli

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation:

Mysore is a city that is visited by many tourists round the year. Due to its proximity to Bangalore, all tourists who to the capital city, also come to Mysore. To accommodate these many tourists, there are ample of hotels in Mysore. Major share of hotels in Mysore are above average and budget hotels. However number of luxury hotels is also quite impressive. The main hotels of Mysore are Hotel Ginger, Hotel Paradise and Quality Inn Southern Star. The most magnificent of all is the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. This heritage palace hotel is among the best in South India.
Lalitha Mahal Hotel

Things to carry:

Carry food from Mysore

Tips & Suggestions:

The Panchalinga Darshana is held on a new moon day in the month of Karthika when two stars conjoin, the stars of Khuha Yoga and Vishaka.On this day, tradition has it that pilgrims should first bathe in the Gokarna theertham, worship Gokarneswara and Chandikadevi, and then worship Vaidyeshwara, Arkeshwara, Pataleshwara, Maraleshwara and Mallikarjuna finally worship Kirtinarayana and conclude the pilgrimage in one day.

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Malavalli
Nearest Hospital:Somnathpur
Society/Community Phone Number

Links:

http://www.karnatakavision.com/talakad.php
http://www.indialine.com/travel/karnataka
http://www.indfy.com/karnataka-india/mysore-attractions/ranganathaswamy-temple.html
http://www.karnataka.com/tourism/talakad/