Talakad Panchalinga Temples


Talakad Panchalinga Temples Overview

Ranked 4 of 4 sightseeing in Somnathpur

Talakad Panchalinga temples is a popular tourist destination situated in the vicinity of Somnathpur. This temple, located at a distance of about 15 km from Chennakeshava temple of Somnathpur, is dedicated to five forms of Lord Shiva.

The ancient temple town of Talakad had more than 30 temples, which, today, lie buried in sand. Among these temples, Pancha Lingas’ are the prominent, which are dedicated to five forms of Lord Shiva.

The five shrines dedicated to five faces of Lord Shiva are the Pathaleshwara or Vasukishwara temple, Maruleshwara or Saikateshwara temple, Arkeshwara temple, Vaidyanatheshwara temple and Mallikarjuna temple. Amongst these, Vaidyanatheshwara temple is the most popular. Pathaleshwara Shivalinga is also known for its colour changing property, as per which it can be seen in red in the morning, black in the afternoon and white in the evening.

Pancha Linga of Talakad is often visited before 4 pm as the temples gets submerged in the water.

Kirti Narayana temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, which was constructed during the Vijayanagara period, is yet another attraction of the place.

Panchalinga Darshana, conducted once in every 12 years, is a famous occasion at Talakad.

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